By LYDIA BERGLAR
An exhibit about the Holocaust is making its rounds at public libraries across Georgia, and it will stop at the Dade County Public Library for the month of February. Titled “Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Alexander Scott III,” the exhibit will be in the large meeting room from Feb. 2 to March 2.
Produced by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the exhibit intends to “preserve the memory of the Holocaust and promote public understanding of the history,” according to the commission’s press release.
The exhibit highlights World War II veteran and civil rights activist William Alexander Scott III who served as a photographer in a segregated battalion of the United States Army. He photographed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
The exhibit also draws parallels between Jim Crow Laws (implemented in the United States between 1860 and 1960) and the Nuremberg Race Laws (implemented in Germany and Nazi-controlled areas of Europe between 1935 and 1945).
Branch Manager Mindy Haworth said, “We are thrilled to be offering this exhibit to the public. We encourage patrons of all ages to visit the library and experience the exhibit.”
The library staff will have educational materials and reading lists for all ages, provided by the commission, that further explore the impact and significance of the Holocaust.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the library is hosting “How Did It Happen: The Holocaust in Historical Context” on Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. Historian and educator from the commission, Patrice Weaver, will be presenting.