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Harry Truman’s Lifelong Jewish Friend

The amazing story of Harry Truman, his close friend Eddie Jacobson, and the founding of the State of israel.

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(7) Lina, April 4, 2016 9:57 PM

I was deeply moved by this story. I've never learned much about President Truman in the past. There is in every man the potential to do good.

Last night I watched a documentary titled, "Goering's Last Secret". It has been revealed that the brother of the Nazi mass murderer Albert G., helped save many Jewish lives. In his personal life as husband and father there wasn't anything note worthy but he chose to do some good at great cost to his own life.

Abba appoints men over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.

The 'heritage' of a good name is indeed the best gift we can leave to our children.

(6) Fred Chernow, April 3, 2016 10:57 PM

Every High School student should read and discuss this.

Every American high school student should see this video and discuss it in class.

(5) Joyce Shulman, April 3, 2016 9:03 PM

VERY interesting, and unexpected

(4) mgoldberg, April 3, 2016 8:41 PM

why Truman listened to Jacobson's request

I understand that it was Jacobson who asserted that when Truman and he went belly up, that they pay back their creditors from whom they borrowed money for their business. It was Truman who remembered that Jacobson taught him this lesson and that is why when Truman mentioned that Jacobson never asked for anything from him, that he indeed did owe something to Jacobson- which was both their honor which Jacobson had preserved by making them both pay off their creditors.

(3) Martin, April 3, 2016 1:54 PM

Megillas Jacobson

Watching this video shortly after Purim, I'm struck by the similarity between Megillas Esther and this story.
In both events we see how the hidden hand of HaShem directs the destiny of Am Yisroel through a single individual.
Mr. Jacobson and Pres. Truman are like Esther and Achashverosh. Both were chosen by G-d to profoundly change Jewish history.
The names Jacobson and Truman may also be significant in the context of my thesis.

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