Oral Histories: Z
Zobrist, Dr. Benedict K.
Dr. Benedict Zobrist was director of the Harry S. Truman Library from 1971-1994. Zobrist worked to develop the library as a research institution. At the request of Margaret Truman Daniel, he directed his staff to complete an inventory of the Truman home in 1981-1982, then oversaw the transfer of the home from the National Archives to the National Park Service after Bess Truman's death in October 1982.
Interview (pdf - 131KB)
Viola Zumault became friends with Mary Jane Truman after joining the Order of the Eastern Star. Zumault gives a detailed description of the society and also discusses letters she received from Mary Jane Truman.
Interview Not Transcribed
Did You Know?
Truman learned that, although he kept his word, not everyone else did so—especially Joseph Stalin. “Churchill had tried to get me not to withdraw our troops from Prague,” Truman said. “If I had known then what I know now, I would have ordered the troops to go to the western boundaries of Russia.”