Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Recognition of the State of Israel

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Truman talking about his desire to recognize Israel. (MP2002-55) (1 min. 4 sec.)

Truman discussing how Eddie Jacobson persuaded him to see Dr. Chaim Weizmann and his decision to recognize Israel. (MP2002-304) (3 min. 56 sec.)

Truman describing the United States as the "conscience of the free world." (MP2002-305) (49 sec.)

Truman discussing the Arab-Jewish conflict of 1948 and the problem of Palestine. (MP2002-307) (2 min. 48 sec.)

Oral Histories

Bernard Bernstein, Attorney, U.S. Treasury Department, 1933-42; Financial Adviser, North African Economic Control Board, 1942-43; Director, Finance Division and Director, Division of Investigation of Cartels and External Assets, U.S. Group Control Commission for Germany, 1944-45; and Financial Adviser to Gen. D.D. Eisenhower for Civil Affairs and Military Government, ETO and MTO, 1942-45.

Clark Clifford, Assistant to White House Naval Aide, 1945-46; Special Counsel to the President, 1946-50.

Abraham Feinberg, Business executive and philanthropist. Active in the cause of immigration to Palestine and in the creation of the State of Israel, 1945-48. Friend of President Harry S. Truman.

Loy Henderson, Career in the US Department of State, 1922-60. Among many assignments served as Director, Near Eastern and African Affairs, 1946-48; Ambassador to India, 1948-51; and Ambassador to Iran, 1951-55.

Harry N. Rosenfield, Principal attorney and assistant to Federal Security Administrator, 1942-48; Member, United States Delegation to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Geneva, Switzerland), 1948; Commissioner United States Displaced Persons Commission, 1948-52; and Executive Director, President's Commission on Immigration and Naturalization, 1952-53.

Fraser Wilkins, Foreign Service Officer, 1940---, in Canada, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine, and India; director, Near East Affairs, Department of State, 1955-57; American Minister-Counselor, Tehran, Iran, 1957-60; ambassador to Cyprus, 1960-64; inspector general of Foreign Service, 1964.

Edwin M. Wright, General staff G-2 Middle East specialist, Washington, 1945-46; Bureau Near East-South Asian-African Affairs Department of State, since 1946, country specialist 1946-47, advisor U.N. affairs, 1947-50, advisor on intelligence 1950-55.

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