November 8, 1999
"Displaced Persons: Aftermath of Liberation" An Exhibition Opening at the National Archives
Washington, DC. . . Beginning Tuesday, January 4, through Thursday, January 18, the National Archives and Records Administration will display selected pages from the Harrison Report, a grim description of the plight of displaced persons who survived the Nazis concentration camps. Earl G. Harrison, former U. S. Commissioner of Immigration, who was sent by President Harry S. Truman to inspect the condition of thousands of survivors of Nazi persecution still living in slave-labor and extermination camps, filed a detailed report chronicling the continued hardships and deprivations of these former prisoners. The 18-page report from the Truman Library in Independence, MO led to the issuance of President Truman's directive of December 22, 1945, enabling displaced persons to obtain immigrant visas into the United States, within the limitation of the quota law.
The display of selected pages from the Harrison report will be in the National Archives Rotunda, located on Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Winter hours are 10 AM to 5:30 PM. The exhibition which is free and open to the public is in coordination with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's international conference, "Life Reborn: Jewish Displaced Persons, 1945-1951."
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.