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Just as many Canadian women contributed to the war effort, Mennonite women did their share as well. Mennonite women, like their brothers, fathers, and sons, believed in a peaceful life of nonresistance.


In Waldheim, Saskatchewan, some Mennonites refused to follow the National Registration Act. They would not register their names with the government or provide any information to them. At the end of an article about these men, The Star-Phoenix made a small note about the women in the family:


"The Unruh girls, Susan and Elizabeth, also charged with failure to register, also told the magistrate they had not registered and would not. They were clothed in long black dresses, wore black shawls, and answered the court's questions meekly."


“I feel that if I registered I would be eternally damned,” said one of them. “I am in your hands now,” she said, addressing the magistrate. “There will be a day yet when nobody will take me away from God,” she concluded."


“Yes, I know you are in my hands and I wish it was somebody else's,” remarked Magistrate Leger. He fined them each $25 and costs with the alternative of two months in the women's jail in Battleford."


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