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Inventory of the Vernon Tott Papers, 1997-1998

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, clippings, and a memoir about Ahlem concentration camp written by Vernon Tott, an American soldier with the 84th Infantry Division who participated in the liberation of the camp. The memoir contains photographs, correspondence, maps, recollections of both Tott and Benjamin Sieradzki, a survivor of Ahlem, and other materials relating to the camp and its survivors.
Title: Vernon Tott papers
Creator: Tott, Vernon W.
Date(s): 1997-1998  
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
(4 folders)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
URL: http://archives.library.cofc.edu
Call Number: Mss 1065-039
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Vernon Tott (1924-2005) was an American soldier with the 84th Infantry Division during World War II. On April 10, 1945, Tott participated in the liberation of Ahlem concentration camp and took photographs of the camp and its survivors with a contraband camera. After his retirement, Tott began searching for the survivors he had photographed and prepared a memoir with the photographs he had taken to share with them. These efforts culminated in a 1998 reunion of 84th infantry members and Ahlem survivors.


Collection Overview

The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, clippings, and a memoir about Ahlem concentration camp written by Vernon Tott, an American soldier with the 84th Infantry Division who participated in the liberation of the camp. The memoir contains photographs, correspondence, maps, and other materials relating to the camp and its survivors. A memoir written by one of the survivors of the camp, Benjamin Sieradzki, is included in Tott's memoir.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.

    Names

    • Tott, Vernon W.
    • Sieradzki, Benjamin
    • United States. Army. Infantry Division, 84th
    • Ahlem (Concentration camp)

    Subjects

    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities
    • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Germany
    • World War, 1939-1945--Regimental histories--United States

    Places

    • Ahlem (Germany)

    Types of Material

    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Correspondence
    • Memoirs
    • Photocopies

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include a 1999 oral history interview with Abraham Stern (1035-211), a survivor of Ahlem photographed by Tott.


    Inventory



    Correspondence, 1997-1998   folder 1

    Photocopies of correspondence from survivors of Ahlem.



    Ahlem Concentration Camp, undated   folder 2-3

    Two photocopies of Vernon Tott's memoir about Ahlem concentration camp.



    Clippings, 1998   folder 4

    Photocopies of two newspaper clippings about the 1998 reunion of members of the 84th Infantry Division and survivors of Ahlem concentration camp.


    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

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    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vernon Tott papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 1999 by Abraham Stern.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Rebecca McClure, March 2012.

    Encoded by Rebecca McClure, July 2012.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, July 2012.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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