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President Truman, “in Behalf of Nation,” Halls Opening of Brandeis University

October 12, 1948
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A letter of tribute from President Truman to Brandeis University was made public here last night at the conclusion of Brandeis’ three-day inaugural ceremonies. Addressed to Dr. Abram Leon Sachar, president of Brandeis, the letter reads as follows:

“It is truly a privilege to welcome Brandeis University, a creation of the Jewish people opening wider the doors of knowledge that democracy may be strengthened to the enrichment of mankind.

“By taking unto itself the intellectual and spiritual of one of democracy’s great men, Louis Dembitz Brandeis, the University pledges its devotion to freedom and the rights of the individual. It is to be open to all youth, irrespective of creed, color or nationality. Brandeis University thus joins the illustrious family of nonsectarian educational institutions whose inspiration and growth stem from the impetus of religious groupings.

“In behalf of the Nation, the ultimate beneficiary of the creative contributions Brandeis University will make, I welcome you into the realm of free institutions.”

The closing day of the inaugural ceremonies featured an “open-house” inspection by the public of the University’s facilities. Several leading educators, including the heads of Colgate University and Bard College, participated in a week-end symposium on present-day curricula.

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