STUDENTS Resist Nazi Attempts to Unify Movement
The Washington Pax Romano office has just received news from the Catholic Student Federation of the Netherlands, which has been one of the most active student groups in Europe and one of the most promising branches of Catholic life in Holland.
Contrary to apprehensions, caused especially by the arrest of several professors of the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Catholic University students continue their activity both locally and nationally.
There have been certain attempts, inspired by the occupying authorities, it is thought, to convince the leaders of the Catholic Student Federation that the national interest of occupied Holland would require the formation of one all-comprising national student movement in which all denominational student groups would merge.
However, the great majority of the Catholic student leaders rejected this suggestion and decided to maintain their own organisation, even though strengthening the contacts with non-Catholic student groups.
MONTHLY BULLETIN STILL APPEARS Several meetings of the National Council of the Federation have been held since occupation by the German army. The monthly bulletin of the Federation continues to appear regularly and to discuss the specific duties which Catholic students of Holland have to face under present conditions.
All local Catholic student groups continue their activities in spite of the fact that some have suffered from the war. The Rotterdam group, for instance, had its headquarters at the Catholic Centre, which was destroyed.
The famous Catholic Student House of Utrecht was converted into a military hospital. The meeting-place of the group of Wageningen was bombed, but there were no casualties.