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About Harry and Eddie: The Birth of Israel - Off Broadway

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Harry and Eddie tells the largely-unknown story President Harry S. Truman's unlikely friendship with his former business partner, Eddie Jacobson, which led to the creation of Israel in 1948.

Eddie Jacobson, a Jewish haberdashery salesman, and Harry Truman initially bonded during World War I where the Missouri men were put in charge of a struggling army canteen. The success of that venture leads to their joining forces after the war to open a haberdashery store in Kansas City, MO. When the depression hit and their store failed, Harry went into politics and Eddie went back on the road as a traveling salesman. In 1948, as the Zionists were struggling to convince President Truman to support the United Nation's recognition of Israel, Eddie was asked to push their unlikely friendship to the breaking point.

In 2008 Harry & Eddie was presented as a staged reading at Hofstra University, in conjunction with Hofstra’s Israel at 60: A Celebration, and as part of a series of politically-themed events leading up the Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Cast Members: Rick Grosssman, Dan Hicks, Lydia Gladstone

Running Time: 90 minutes, with no intermisson


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