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On Exhibit in the Biddle Law Library Gateway: The Document That Stirred the World

November 04, 2015

On Exhibit in the Biddle Law Library Gateway: The Document That Stirred the World.

On September 29, 1945, the White House released Earl Grant Harrison’s The Plight of the Displaced Jews in Europe: A Report to President Truman. The report is on loan for display from Seed the Dream Foundation

Listed by the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. as a “Primary Source and Documentation” title on displaced persons and commissioned by President Harry S. Truman, The Plight of the Displaced Jews in Europe documented and described the health and living conditions of camps holding displaced persons following World War II, their long and short term needs, and how such needs were not being met.

Harrison’s report was part of the motivation for the creation of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine, which was formed to suggest policies for dealing with both Jewish war refugees and the problems of Palestine. In 1946, The New York Times called Harrison’s response “the first official proposal for the immediate settlement of 100,000 Jews in Palestine.”* The report has been credited by many historians as a critical step in the development of United States support for the State of Israel. 

The exhibit features one of the few remaining original copies of Harrison’s The Plight of the Displaced Jews in Europe: A Report to President Truman, newspaper clippings documenting the response and effect of the report, and text selections from Biddle Law Library’s collection on displaced persons, immigrants, and refugees. Read the Harrison report in full here

The exhibit will remain on display through January 5, 2016.