From the Jerusalem Post -
A Torah rescued from Lithuania has a home on the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.
The carrier is one of the few Navy vessels to have its own Torah. Few ships are large enough to need one, said Sam Werbel, an organizer of a dedication ceremony Sunday attended by 500 community members and dignitaries. The audience included Holocaust survivors.
“This is not a ceremony alone,” said Mark E. Talisman, founder and president of the Project Judaica Foundation. “It’s about humanity or a lack thereof. It’s about all of us understanding the dignity of human life.”‘
This dedication is significant for another reason:
On May 14, 1948, 11 minutes after the nation of Israel was created, President Truman recognized it diplomatically. Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, thanked Truman with a Torah that now belongs to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.