January 04, 2014

"Witness to the Holocaust" 2014 Library Tour

The Commission's exhibit "Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Alexander Scott III at Buchenwald” is touring the state of Georgia. The tour is presented in cooperation with the Georgia Public Library Service. The exhibit will visit 8 libraries across the state from January until July 2014. Admission is free at all locations.

LocationDisplay Duration
West Georgia Regional Library - CarrolltonJanuary 1 - January 20
Augusta-Richmond County Public Library - AugustaJanuary 14 - February 7
Dalton-Whitfield Public Library - DaltonFebruary 13 - February 27
Brunswick-Glynn County Library - BrunswickMarch 5 - March 19
De Soto Trail Regional Library - CamillaMarch 25 - April 8
Chattooga County Library - SummervilleApril 14 - April 30
South Georgia Regional Library - ValdostaMay 6 - May 20
Catoosa County Public Library - RinggoldJune 1 - July 1

About the Exhibit

William Alexander Scott III was a student at Morehouse College in 1943 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. During World War II, he served as a photographer in the Intelligence Section of the 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion. He witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp through the lens of his camera.

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Buchenwald was one of the largest concentration camps established within German borders. Scott entered the camp in April 1945 on a convoy with the 8th Corps of General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army.

After witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust, Scott returned to Atlanta and joined the Civil Rights Movement. In 1948, he became the circulation manager of the Atlanta Daily World. The newspaper was founded by his father in 1928. It is one of the first black-owned newspapers in the U.S.

Scott served on the committee for the first official national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Scott was appointed to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust by Georgia Governors Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller. He was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President George H.W. Bush.

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