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Pacifists Routed at Brotherhood Church
Pacifists Routed at Brotherhood Church

Pacifists Routed at Brotherhood Church 1917


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Pacifists Routed at Brotherhood Church 1917

United Kingdom

This offers terrifying evidence of the hatred towards pacifists during the First World War. A large mob smashes windows and kicks in doors of a church in Hackney, before they hurl objects at those sheltering inside. The victims are pacifists – the Brotherhood Church were a Christian sect with origins in the Quakers – and the caption celebrates the aggressors as the ‘forces of loyalty and patriotism’. As the violence unfolds, a policeman studiously looks the other way.

Selected by London's Screen Archives From the BFI National Archive




Pacifism Violence World War I Conferences


1917 on film




United Kingdom



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