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Letter from Maurice Goldstein to the Civil Liberties Bureau (March 8, 1918)

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Mar. 8, 1918

Civic Liberty Bureau,

Dear Sir

I have been assigned to 308th Inf. Co. A and am a conscientious objector. Upon refusing to handle a gun, I was beaten into submission. I was struck heavy blows across my jaw and made to stand to attention that I sign my name for a gun that was given me. Now I am compelled to drill and handle a gun.

I am an art student 26 years of age, and it is not within my nature nor conscience to kill. My heart palpitates most of the time. Now that I have taken the gun and am drill I dont [sic] know what to do. Can you advise

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