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{mosimage}June 3--  A traveling exhibit is now on display at the Vidalia-Toombs County Library entitled “Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Alexander Scott III at Buchenwald.”  The exhibit is a photographic essay of one of Atlanta’s leading African American citizens who was a photographer in a segregated battalion of the United States Army during World War II.  In April of 1945, Scott rode into Germany on an Army convoy with the 8th Corps of General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army. 


During the exhibit opening on June 3rd, Dr. Jerry Legge was the guest speaker.  Dr. Legge received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory and has taught at the University of Georgia since 1980.    “The exhibit is another attempt to document what went on during World War II especially with regard to the Jewish persecution.  We have a man named William Scott who grew up in Atlanta in a segregated society who was able to document some of the atrocities that happened to the Jewish people during the war and it had a lasting effect on Mr. Scott,” Dr. Legge said.


Dr. Legge discussed the similarities between the Jim Crow laws in the United States versus the Nuremberg Race laws in Germany.  “They are similar in many ways in that they had the effect of separating the Jews from the rest of the society in Germany; in fact it took their citizenship away.  Black people in the U.S. never had the citizenship, and couldn’t go to the same theatres as white people, the same restaurants.  The same deal happened to the Jews in Germany,” Dr. Legge stated. 


The exhibit is available at select libraries throughout the state as a partnership between the Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.  It is on display through June 14th at the Vidalia-Toombs County Library and from June 14th through June 24th at the Jeff Davis County Library in Hazlehurst.