Letter March 1, 1919 from David Eichel to Parents




Letter March 1, 1919 from David Eichel to Parents




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, David


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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Letter [#7] from David Eichel, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

[March 1, 1919]

Dear folks:

Just now everything is very smooth here. We are getting along splendidly, because the policy now is "hands off." It is working out excellently in practice, for there is no friction possible between us and the prison officials. We have amply demonstrated that we can care for ourselves, and behave in a commendable fashion.

But the question persistently arises as to what final disposition the administration intends to make of our cases. Just now there are some very disquieting rumors coming to us, which it would be well for you to investigate. First I would write Baker or Koeppel and ask them to please inform you as to whether or not we are classified as sincere conscientious objectors; whether our refusal to accept the proferred [sic] farm furlough robs us of our C.O. status and makes us insincere. Ask for our exact classification.

Then ask whether there is any foundation to the following disturbing rumors. Certainly you have a right to know. Is there any truth in the rumor that all C.O's are to be out of the D.B's within two months? that within that time all C.O's will be transferred [sic] to the Federal Penitentiary? If this is so does that mean a repitition [sic] of medieval barbarism, such as solitary confinement and all its attendant [sic] torture, for refusing to work in jails. For refuse, we certainly will. We are not only opposed to militarism but conscription and dictation, and conscription is the same all over. Also is there any foundation to the rumors that naturalized citizens as well as aliens are to be


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