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Indeterminate Sentence: A New Zealand World War II Conscientious Objector's Story

Indeterminate Sentence: A New Zealand World War II Conscientious Objector's Story
  

Compelling story of a World War II conscientious objector captures a piece of New Zealand history that is not well known. The small group of people described here had a strong influence on the thinking of others as New Zealanders later grappled with the issues raised by the Vietn... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927260005
Published 29 July 2013 by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Available in EPUB format
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Language en
Author(s) By Handyside, Allan
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ISBN-13 9781927260005
ISBN-10 1927260000
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Imprint Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 29 July 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Handyside, Allan
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
Peace Studies
Australasian & Pacific History
Christianity
Christian social thought & activity
Religious Groups
Civil Rights & Citizenship
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education
Number of Pages 177
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Dewey Code 940.53162099
Catalogue Code 488471

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Compelling story of a World War II conscientious objector captures a piece of New Zealand history that is not well known. The small group of people described here had a strong influence on the thinking of others as New Zealanders later grappled with the issues raised by the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and the nuclear ships issue more recently.
Allan Handyside spent nearly four years in Rangipo Prison, in the central North Island, from 1942-46, for refusing to join the armed forces in World War II.
During World War II, New Zealand politicians were much less tolerant of pacifist sentiment and conscientious objectors than those in Britain and other similar countries. As a consequence, around 800 Kiwi COs were detained, either in specially built remote camps or in prisons, for "the duration of the war." Their usual human rights were suspended and they received an indeterminate sentence. COs were only released well after the end of hostilities and after troops had arrived back home. Discipline was harsh, with solitary confinement on a bread and water diet a common punishment.
Yet there was also humour and comradeship among the prisoners. Authorities never discovered the secret mailrun between Hautu Detention Camp and Rangipo Prison that enabled those at Rangipo to get news of the outside world.
After the drab conditions of Rangipo, on release Handyside found the shock of colours of flowers and the music of playing children's voices overwhelming. The impact of this experience, the disruption caused to his relationship with his parents and his continuing commitment to the peace movement were apparent throughout the rest of his life.
This book helps us to understand how a minority group of pacifists maintained their integrity, and emerged from the wartime experience to return to their normal lives, where they continued to promote beliefs that are just as relevant today.

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Author's Bio

Allan Handyside spent nearly four years in Rangipo Prison, in the central North Island, from 1942-46, for refusing to join the armed forces in World War II. He had already been in Mt Crawford prison, Wi Tako Prison near Trentham and Strathmore Detention Camp near Taupo.

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