Anti-Semitism Excused in Truman's Diaries

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Anti-Semitism Excused in Truman's Diaries

Next to conservative Christians, about the only group one can safely bash today is Jews. A new diary entry by the late president Harry Truman is instructive. Recently discovered at the Truman Library in Missouri, the entry refers to a call Truman received from his treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau, who was also chairman of the United Jewish Appeal.

Morganthau appealed to Truman on behalf of thousands of Jews aboard the ship called "Exodus." They were trying to enter Palestine after leaving Europe. Truman wrote, "the Jews have no sense of proportion, nor do they have any judgment on world affairs." Truman went on to generalize about Jews, saying they lacked gratitude and when they were in power they forgot about where they had come from.

When Richard Nixon's comments about Jews were revealed, the usual suspects added them to his list of sins. Truman - a democrat icon - is given a pass by the big media and his defenders, who say that his remarks reflected sentiments of the times. Anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism from wherever it comes. And it should be called by its right name.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.