especially Senator Revercomb's, attitudes toward the DPs in 1947 and 1948. On the other hand, Truman's own endeavors always reflected his desire to see the DP problem identified and solved in a humane fashion. He dispatched Earl Harrison to examine the assembly centers in 1945 and he agreed to the British proposal for a joint commission of inquiry to see if more Jews could be admitted to Palestine. On his own he ordered the immigration authorities to give priority to DP applicants to the fullest extent allowed by law. He also encouraged subordinates to work for generous DP acts and he appointed three liberal commissioners to the Displaced Persons Commission. Thus, with the exception of attempts to influence the leaders in Congress, and his reluctance to air publicly and continually his support for DPs, Truman acted in an admirable and notable manner. But--and this question is hard to answer--what if he had exerted himself to the fullest? Would the first DP Act have been passed earlier or with more generous provisions for the survivors of the Holocaust in Europe? I don't know.
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Publication information: Book title: Harry S. Truman: The Man from Independence. Contributors: William F. Levantrosser - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1986. Page number: 155.
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