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Conscientious Objection

The Tribunals
Tribunal Decisions
Public Opinion
Conscientious Objection in World War II

This section seeks to give a very brief summary of conscientious objection during WW2. It outlines the process of Tribunals by which individuals’ applications to be designated as conscientious objectors were determined, the Tribunals’ decisions and the consequences for applicants.

It seeks to illustrate how conscientious objectors were regarded by public opinion in the midst of war.

A detailed analysis and discussion of the Tribunal process and the treatment of conscientious objectors by employers in Britain during WW2 is provided by Rachel Barker in Conscience, Government and War see Bibliography.