Witness to the Holocaust

This exhibit is on permanent display at Anne Frank in the World in Sandy Springs.

A traveling version of this exhibit is also available for loan to schools, communities, and organizations. 

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 and camoufleur 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.

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.