Orphaned and Unaccompanied Catholic European Children Immigrating Into the United States Under Displaced Persons Act of 1948 as Seen From the Files of the Catholic Committee for Refugees (Including Refugee Children) N. C. W. C
In 1948 the problem of displaced persons and what should be done about them was a highly disputable subject. On the one hand there were those who advocated sending them back to their homelands-----using force if necessary—-——arguing that this was the only natural solution to the problem. Then there were those who recommended we do nothing about the problem, arguing that their predicament was of no concern to us and that somehow they should shift for themselves in the economic, political, and social chaos of postwar Europe. Fortunately, there were those leaders, in and out of government, who had the foresight and charity to see the real issues at stake and the courage of their convictions to turn back the tide of expediency which finally resulted in Congressional passage of the Displaced Persons Act of 1948. My dear reader, it is not difficult today for anyone to understand why the displaced persons flatly refused to return to their homelands. Those who once claimed that the fears of these victims of a terrible war, as to persecution in their homelands because of race, religion, or political belief—were imaginary—have either disappeared from the arena of debate, or are now engaged in the common effort to preserve what is left of western civilization.
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Jaksina, Alexander Stanley, "Orphaned and Unaccompanied Catholic European Children Immigrating Into the United States Under Displaced Persons Act of 1948 as Seen From the Files of the Catholic Committee for Refugees (Including Refugee Children) N. C. W. C" (1953). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557783.