Nazis Tighten Up Anti-jewish Restrictions in Holland
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Nazis Tighten Up Anti-jewish Restrictions in Holland

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A general tightening-up of the anti-Jewish laws in Nazi-occupied Holland was indicated today in reports reaching here from Amsterdam.

Jews are now prohibited from travelling except in cases of great emergency, in an order issued yesterday by the Nazi authorities. The Amsterdam Jewish Council, which has been issuing travel permits to Jews in that city, was informed that in the future such permits will be issued only by the occupation authorities, and only in cases of family illness, deaths or funerals. Jews were warned that those apprehended in the streets with the yellow Mogen David pinned to their outer garments instead of sewn en, as the Nazi regulations provide, will be severely punished.

Amsterdam Jews were instructed that they may buy vegetables only from market stalls assigned to Jews. Buying at non-Jewish shops or even telephoning orders to such shops is strictly forbidden. Commenting on the regulation that prohibits Jews from conducting butcher shops, the pro-Nazi newspaper Volk en Vaderland charges that Jews are still selling meat since they are being employed by "Aryan" butchers "for whom the Star of David is good propaganda, increasing their business."

At the same time that the Germans announced that Jews are barred from all public sports such as rowing, swimming, tennis, football and fishing, they ordered all Jews, except those living in Amsterdam, to surrender bicycles and spare parts. Failure to do so will be punished by a fine of 1,000 guilders and six months imprisonment.

Meanwhile, the Joodsche Weeksblat, organ of the Amsterdam Jewish community, which reached here today, appeals for clothing, shoes and books which it said were urgently needed by Jews confined in labor camps.

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