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Catholic Church in Occupied Holland Loses State Subsidy for Defying Anti-semitism

The authorities in Nazi-occupied Holland have discontinued all subsidies to the Catholic church in the province of Limburg as well as in other provinces, because of church resistance to the Nazi anti-Jewish laws, it is reported in Amsterdam newspapers received here today.

Catholic libraries in Holland which have removed the signs “Entrance for Jews is Forbidden” which had been posted on their doors by German occupational authorities, have similarly been deprived of their municipal and state subsidies, the papers reveal. They add that these libraries also refused to place in their reading rooms any of the Nazi reading matter.

Grants to the Catholic clergy in Holland have been paid by the Netherlands Government since 1813. Priests in Holland received an average of $300 a year from the state. For the past forty years state subsidies have been granted in Holland to all denominational schools and hospitals.