[Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]
Michaelis tells Sofia why he is going to the Vietnam War even though he doesn't want to go. They discuss what it may be like and his fears are evident.
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The National Service Act 1964 required 20-year-old men to serve for two years in regular army units. From 1965, they served overseas. The men were chosen by ballot according to their birthdays. Birthdates were placed on small balls and put in a barrel. The balls were individually selected and birthdates were called out.
Many Australians were opposed to involvement in the Vietnam War and even more objected to the use of conscripts. The first conscript to die in Vietnam was Errol Noack from South Australia. Groups such as the Campaign for Peace in Vietnam vigorously rejected conscription, with thousands joining the protest marches. Many young men refused to register for the draft.
Michaelis asks Sofia to look after his record collection. She is the only one who is allowed to touch it and play his music.