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Oral history interview with William A. Scott

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.25 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0025

William A. Scott, born in Atlanta, Georgia, discusses being drafted in 1943 and joining the 183rd Combat Battalion; his family’s newspaper business (Atlanta Daily World); seeing films of the camps and atrocities and how he and his peers did not believe it; his first impressions of Buchenwald; being the photographer for his unit; the photographs he took of the camp; how the survivors beat one SS trooper to death; acts of torture at the camp; his interactions with survivors and the atrocities he saw; his reaction to the camp; being in the second wave of liberators and helping the inmates; a group of prisoners who were in better shape than the others and may have been Russian; his religious beliefs; his experiences with prejudice in the Army and the antisemitism Jewish officers experienced in the Army; how the war changed his view on the struggle for civil rights; going to the Pacific; his response to the U.S. bombing in Japan; comparisons between slavery and the Holocaust; and speaking with his family members and friends about his wartime experiences. Some of the photographs he took at Buchenwald are shown at the end of the recording (minute 35:27).

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Mr. William A. Scott III
Cathy Solomon
interview:  1981 October
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..