The world fell in on Vice President Harry Truman on April 12, 1945, the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt died.
Earlier that day, Truman dictated a friendly letter to his sister-in-law mentioning he’d gained some weight and was very busy. After Roosevelt’s death he added the handwritten note: “This was dictated before the world fell in on me.”
The letter is one of 93 items in “ Till We Meet Again,” a new exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the beginning of Truman’s presidency. Many of the artifacts have never been on display at the Truman Presidential Library before.