In the Republican zone, the Basques had always courageously and publicly

professed their Catholic faith. They had done so in Euskadi, where, during

the first days, extremists of the Left had killed some priests, but where, since

the formation of the Basque nationalist government under Aguirre, religious

normality had once more prevailed. When the territory of their fatherland

was occupied by the Francoists, the Government of Euskadi moved to

Valencia and afterwards to Barcelona. In both capitals, chapels opened

their doors for public worship as though it were the most natural thing in the world and, since the Basques were famous as anti-Fascist fighters, they

were always respected and never occasioned a single untoward incident.