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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-07-27

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Historians give Truman
high marks as President

Jerusalem — Though
scorned by many in his own
time, Harry S. Truman
ranks near the top among
American presidents in the
opinion of American histo-
rians, an American scholar
said here last month during
a conference at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem
marking the centennial of
Truman s birth.
Speaking on The Truman
Presidency: An Historical
Perspective at the Univer-
sity's Harry S. Truman Re-
search Institute for the Ad-
vancement of Peace, Prof.
William E. Leuchtenberg
said that a phenomenon of
"Trumania" developed in
the United States in the
1970s as Americans came to
realize Truman's outstand-
ing character traits and
achievements. His direct-
ness, courage and integrity
became treasured char-
acteristics in the post-
Watergate era, said
Leuchtenberg, who is a pro-
fessor of history at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina
and the author of a number
of books on American and
world history.

Prof. Leuchtenberg noted
that "they're all wild about
Harry now," but that "in his
own time, Truman was an
object of scorn" and sank to
the lowest approval rating
— 23% in one poll — ever

given to an American
President. Yet, he said,
most American historians
have given Truman a con-
sistently high rating and
place him eighth on the list
of the greatest American
residents, defining him as
"near great."
"He led the country
through an extraordinary
succession of events at the
end of the war (World War
II) and the period of rebuil-
ing," said Leuchtenberg,
who listed to Truman's cre-
dit such achievements as
the Berlin airlift, the Mar-
shall plan, the unification of
the armed forces, the "Fair
Deal," and the effort to
eliminate racial discrimi-
nation. As for Truman's re-
lations with the Jewish
people and the State of Is-
rael, Leuchtenberg said
"there can be no doubt that
he sympathized with and
abated the Zionist cause."
Leuchtenberg noted, too,
that Truman succeeded in
getting Congress to admit
41,000 refugees to the U.S.
after the war, two-thirds of
whom were Jews.
In opening remarks, Prof.
Zvi Schifflin, academic
chairman of the Truman In-
stitute, said that during
Truman's presidency, the
American people "grossly
underestimated his
capacity for leadership; we
are highly indebted to him."

Anti-Catholic cult cited as
anti-Semitic in ADL report

New York — The mul-
timillion dollar operations
of the Tony and Susan
Alamo Christian Founda-
tion, an evangelical cult re-
sponsible for the spreading
of anti-Catholic propaganda
across the nation, including
Michigan, were detailed in
a report issued by the
Anti-Defamation League of
B'nai B'rit'h earlier this
Since May of this year,
the Alamo '-Foundation has
distributed anti-Catholic
leaflets titled "The Pope's
Secrets," containing what
the report describes as "pre-
posterous and obscene alle-
The report states that in-
addition to its anti-Catholic
campaign, the Alamo
Foundation has also dis-
seminated propaganda re-
flecting anti-Semitism.
Prior to the leaflets, un-
signed anti-Catholic posters
— pasted to church walls
and property, stores, utility
poles and car windshields —
began to appear across the
nation in February of this
year. The materials were
found in Detroit, Ann Arbor
and Flint in May and June.
In. early 1983, the ADL
report, says, the foundation.

placed long discourses by
Tony Alamo as ads in sev-
eral newspapers. Although
Alamo denies being anti-
Semitic, the ads quoted pas- .
sages from The Protocols of
the Elders of Zion, the
turn-of-the-century, anti-
Semitic Czarist publication.
Tony Alamo, 49, and his
wife, Susan, who died in
1982, gave up careers in
show business to found their
Christian foundation in
Caliornia in 1966. They
began by preaching the
tenets of the "Jesus move-
ment," handing out Bibles
from paper bags. As the
movement grew, the found-
ation moved its operations
to Arkansas in the mid-

According to the report,
the cult operates "churches"
in five states and claims to
have "missionaries" all over
* lamo Foundation
The A
has remained vocal by at-
tacking a variety of targets,
including the Internal
Revenue Service and the
Equal Rights Amendment.
The foundation has also
been the subject of various
law suits brought by par-
ents of some cult members..




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