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Truman Diary Entry Disparages Jews

(July 21, 1947)

In this rather shocking entry from his diary, President Truman makes disparaging remarks about the Jews, especially, and others he believes become as cruel as their persecutors once they achieve wealth and power.

6:00 P.M. Monday July 21, 1947

Had ten minutes conversation with Henry Morgenthau about Jewish ship in Palestine. Told him I would talk to General Marshall about it.

He’d no business whatever to call me. The Jews have no sense of proportion nor do they have any judgment on world affairs.

Henry brought a thousand Jews to New York on a supposedly temporary basis and they stayed.

When the country went backward – and Republican in the election of 1946, this incident loomed large on the D.P. program.

The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D.P. as long as the Jews get special treatment.

Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the underdog. Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I’ve found very, very few who remember their past condition when prosperity comes.

Look the Congress attitude on D.P. – and they all come from DPs.

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