W.A. Scott III & Leonard Bass

Lecture Lends Credence To Black Liberators

On Sunday, Mar. 19. from 3-4 p.m., the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, hosted a memorial lecture dedicated to the Scott family and honoring the late William A. Scott III former Advertising Manager of the Atlanta Daily World, for his "Valiant service during the 1944-45 liberation by Allied forces of Nazi concentration camps." The William Scott III Memorial Lecture was a special presentation to the Georgia Holocaust Commission, that was presented at the lecture by Alexis Scott Reeves, a member and daughter of the late W.A. Scott III.

The lecture. "William A. Scott III and the Holocaust: The Encounter of African American Liberators and Jewish Survivors at Buchenwald." is the result of original research by Asa R. Gordon, founder and executive director of the Douglass Institute of Government, an educational think tank based in Washington, D.C. The lecture highlighted recent declassified records discovered at the U.S. National Archives. The records corroborate Scott's role in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp within the forty-eight hour period established in 1992 by the U.S. Army Center of Military History and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

In the lecture, Gordon shares specific evidence that both W.A. Scott and Leonard Bass, members of the 183rd Army Battalion whose roles were liaison and army intelligence" who went ahead of the battalion to reach the Buchenwald Death Camp within the designated 48-hours (April 11&12,1945). His lecture will be printed in subsequent issues of the Daily World in its entirely.

Present at the lecture was Holocaust survivor Alec Gross, who spoke briefly about the liberation as a 16-year old boy. So grateful was he after coming to America, Gross joined the U.S. Army.

In early April Asa Gordon will also present his researeh and research methods to students participating in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's D.C. Area School Project entitled "Bringing the Lessons Home: Holocaust Education for the Community."

Copies of the archival materials related to the lecture were donated to the library in the name of The William A. Scott III Holocaust Education Fund for the library's "non-circulating specialized resources and collections for the study and research of the American and Diasporic Experience."

Mrs. Julia Hunter, director of AARL, received the materials and commended the "beautiful Sunday afternoon."

The event was sponsored in part by the Atlanta Daily World; the W.A. Scott III Holocaust Education Foundation and The Douglass Institute of Government In Washington. D.C.