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Lanika 5M, Rhyl Primary, Camden
"My favourite fact that I learned was about a man called Bertie who was a conscientious objector refused to go to war (which is what I would do). He was responsible for his actions and went to prison."

Mohamed 5M, Rhyl Primary, Camden
"We learned about WW1 and looked at WW1 books. I liked listening to Bertie’s life because he was really brave and I liked to see other people who refused to go to war. Bertie was a man that refused to go to war. He was brave because if he never went he would get shot."

Jewish museum:
The PPU were crucial to our fully understanding the position of Jewish COs during the First World War. In particular the differential experience between Jews objecting to service on faith grounds, versus those with moral objections not founded in religion. The PPU research supplemented what we already had in our collection and they even helped identify unknown men in photographs held by the museum which we’d never have been able to discover otherwise. Our exhibition aimed to capture the complex picture of what it meant to be Jewish in the war, there was no single ‘Jewish’ experience -with the PPU’s help we were able to explore the CO side to not serving.

U3A:
It was very interesting giving me more understanding of my own grandparents and the times in which they lived.  It was fascinating to read about Hackney COs at that time.  It awakened my desire to dig deeper but have I the time to do it?  The main issue for me was that there was so little time to spend on the research in those months as I had other commitments as well. I learned a lot but am very aware of my own shortcomings in the use of computers.

 


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Teaching resources on peace and war here

 

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Ben talking about COs in Prison with year five, Towers Junior School, Havering

 

 

 

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