Pax Service: An Alternative To War

DVD Release: June 24, 2008
Pax Service: An Alternative To War


Between 1951 and 1976, 1,200 young men refused to join the military. Their religious beliefs forbade them from taking another human life. Instead, they volunteered to build homes for refugees, taught farmers modern farming methods, helped villages preserve food for the winter, and built roads through an alternative service program called Pax. This DVD describes the Pax work in Germany, Austria, Greece, Paraguay and the Congo.

Dove Review

“Pax Service” is the story of about 1,200 young men who took a religious stance to oppose war and volunteered for Pax Service in more than 40 countries. Pax service started when the first American men arrived to build camp in Espelkamp, Germany, and then later moved to other areas. There, they built homes for Refugees and taught them survival techniques.

Pax Servicemen then traveled to build homes in Greece, only to discover the citizens had a larger problem than housing – seasonal food shortage. So they ended up building farms and teaching the people about production. From there, they moved on to Paraguay, then the Congo. They imported leftover equipment from the Korean War, repaired it and then taught the people how to use it. Then, they taught the people how to produce cattle and milk while they also built houses. They took their Pax service to 40 countries all over the world.

This documentary includes several interviews with former Pax workers and tells their stories with both humor and compassion through true footage of their hard work and service. This video also includes an extended version, 50th anniversary tour, and three additional 25-minute films on different aspects of the Pax operation. We award “Pax Service” the Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: none
Language: none
Violence: Many scenes of people digging out of destruction from war
Drugs: none
Nudity: none
Other: none


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Burton Buller
Producer: Mennonite Media
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 43 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Caryn Toering