Harrison, Earl Grant

Birth Name Harrison, Earl Grant
Call Name Earl
Gender male
Age at Death 56 years


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1899 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States of America  

Graduation 1920 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Earl Grant Harrison earned his AB

Event Note

In 1923, Earl Grant Harrison earned his LLB.

Occupation     Earl Grant Harrison practiced Law

Event Note

From 1940 to 1941, Earl Grant Harrison served in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, as Director of Alien Registration in the United States Department of Justice.
From 1942 to 1944, he served as the United States Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization.

Event Note

From 1945 to 1948, Earl Grant Harrison served as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Event Note

President Harry S. Truman sent Earl Grant Harrison to Europe to investigate the DP camps.
He was shocked by the conditions and reported:
"As things stand now, we appear to be treating the Jews as the Nazis treated them, except that we do not exterminate them. They are in concentration camps, in large numbers under our military guard instead of SS troops. One is led to wonder whether the German people, seeing this, are not supposing that we are following or at least condoning Nazi policy."
Earl G. Harrison found that the DPs overwhelmingly wanted to go to Palestine.

Event Note

On August 3, 1945,
Earl Grant Harrison submitted his preliminary Harrison Report, which set the basis for American policy toward Jewish DPs, to President Harry S. Truman.
He recommended that 100,000 Jews be allowed to enter Palestine.
President Truman presented the recommendations to Prime Minister Clement Atlee, Britain demurred, fearing repercussions
In response, Britain convened a joint United States-United Kingdom committee, the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, to investigate the status of DPs.

Person Note

President Harry S. Truman, following the Harrison Report, which was released to newspapers on September 30, 1945, called for major changes to the treatment of Jews in the DP camps. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, complying with President Truman’s request, implemented changes in the camps, making them more humanitarian.
Jews became a separate group in the camps, so Polish Jews no longer had to live with other Poles, and German Jews no longer had to live with Germans, who, in some cases were operatives or even guards in the concentration camps.
DP camps were established throughout Europe, and those in Italy served as congregation points for refugees fleeing to Palestine.
When conditions in the camps improved and all-Jewish DP camps had been, he closing of concentration camps, the care of DPs was transferred to UNRRA.

Death 1955    



Father Harrison, Joseph Layland
Mother MacMullen, Anna


  1. Harrison, Joseph Layland
    1. MacMullen, Anna
      1. Harrison, Earl Grant