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"I don't know if you're aware of it, but out of that alternate service grew some great programs. One was the redoing of the mental health program. That started with that alternate service program. And the Mennonites built centers in California and Kansas and Maryland and different places. And it finally became the pattern for the future mental health treatment…
   "[Before,] the treatment of the patients – it had been done with force and with beating and with withholding, with punishment. And our fellows went in there with love and concern for the person. And it changed the whole program. There's books written about it, and its very interesting reading."

Diena Schmidt – Conscientious Objectors

   

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