Earlier this year, Siegfried Bartel celebrated his 100th birthday. The First World War had just begun to rage across Europe when Siegfried’s mother prayed for her unborn child. Siegfried grew up in Prussia (now part of Poland) but being of German descent he enlisted in the German Army in 1937 before the Second World War began. When the war erupted in September 1939, he found himself in an army that eventually brought horrors to others. Events that happened in the war and after convinced Siegfried that pacifism was the only sane response to killing and war.
Click here to listen to an unforgettable Remembrance Day message he gave in 2001.
Click here to watch a story of alternate service during the Vietnam War.