Editorial Note

In order to obtain a more accurate and up-to-date appraisal of the need for relief supplies, particularly food, in Poland, a mission headed by Colonel R. L. Harrison, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and an outstanding authority on food conditions, visited Poland in July at the request of the Secretary of State. Colonel Harrison’s report, dated July 18, concluded that the minimum food needs of Poland during 1947 generally could be met without assistance from the United States. On July 23, the Department of State issued a statement stating that in view of Colonel Harrison’s report and the fact that funds were available only to meet the most urgent relief needs, the [Page 435] United States Government had decided not to undertake a relief program for Poland. For the text of the Department’s statement and report of Colonel Harrison, see Department of State Bulletin, August 3, 1947, pages 223–224.