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Yellow Bellies

Yellow Bellies is an historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale takes audiences across Canada, featuring verbatim interviews, fictionalized scenes, and live music from an often overlooked chapter of Canadian history. 

Written by Johnny Wideman and Rebecca Steiner

Directed by Dr. Andrew Houston and Rebecca Steiner


Sponsored by:

  • Shantz Mennonite Church Bequest Earnings Disbursement Fund
  • The Jim and Lorna Blair Charitable Foundation
  • The Pennsylvania Dutch German Folklore Society of Ontario; York Chapter
  • Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario

Supported by:

  • Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and festival 
  • Centre for Peace Advancement 
  • Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
  • Mennonite Archives of Ontario: Winfield Fretz Research Grant