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Truman in the News | May 11, 2020

The nation has once again turned its attention to the 33rd president as we observe the 75th anniversary of Harry Truman’s presidency. The following is just a sampling of some of the recent media highlights focused on our favorite president:

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Truman in the News

WWII 75: Marching to Victory | April 29, 2020

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Liberation of Dachau
April 29, 1945

In April 1945, as the European war neared its end, one question loomed large: how would the Allies ensure that justice was served to the perpetrators of Dachau and other Nazi crimes against humanity?

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WWII 75: Marching to Victory

McCullough, Albright and Baime are Wild About Harry! | April 23, 2020

The Truman Library Institute’s annual fundraiser, Wild About Harry, was originally scheduled to take place today. While we are disappointed not to be gathering with our Truman community this evening, we’re very excited to announce that Wild About Harry, including the presentation of the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award to General James Mattis, has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2020. We hope you will mark your calendar and make plans to join us.

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McCullough, Albright and Baime are Wild About Harry!

“The First Five Days” Webinar Series | April 20, 2020

75th Anniversary Webinar Recordings

The Truman Library Institute commemorated the 75th anniversary of Truman’s presidency with a special webinar series looking back on Truman’s first few days as President. Hosts Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s eldest grandson, and Truman Library Director Dr. Kurt Graham led webinar discussions in an interactive, five-part series about Truman’s first days as the leader of the free world.

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“The First Five Days” Webinar Series

WWII 75: Marching to Victory | April 12, 2020

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: “The President Is Dead”
April 12, 1945

On the afternoon of April 12, 1945, Vice President Harry S. Truman was just starting to relax after a day of presiding over the Senate when he was urgently summoned to the White House. There he received the unwelcome news that President Franklin Roosevelt had died and that he, Truman, was now president.

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WWII 75: Marching to Victory

WWII 75: Marching to Victory | April 11, 2020

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Liberation of Buchenwald
April 11, 1945

On April 11, GIs of the 6th Armored Division entered Buchenwald, the main camp in a large complex of concentration camps near Weimar that had recently been abandoned by German troops. American soldiers who liberated the camp were met by thousands of emaciated camp survivors. Shortly after the camp’s liberation, Bernard Bernstein reached Buchenwald and came face-to-face with the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. His story is part of the Truman Library’s archives, and it begins here…

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WWII 75: Marching to Victory

WWII 75: Marching to Victory | April 1, 2020

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Battle of Okinawa

April 1, 1945 – Easter Sunday, April Fools’ Day, and codenamed “Love Day” by U.S. forces – must have seemed an unwarlike day for starting a major military operation. Yet it was on that date that American troops landed on the Pacific island of Okinawa, initiating one of the bloodiest and most important battles of World War II.

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WWII 75: Marching to Victory