"Witness to the Holocaust" 2014 Library Tour

January 4, 2014

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.

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.

Photo of W.A. Scott III with his cameraBuchenwald 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.