A local soldier’s powerful photographs of the liberation of a WWII concentration camp will be on display at the Sioux City Public Museum in honor of Sioux City Tolerance Week. Selections from the Vernon Tott Collection will be exhibited from April 6-28, 2019.

Tott, a Sioux City native, was a radio operator in the US Army's 84th Infantry Division. His unit was rounding up German POW's near Hanover when they discovered the Ahlem concentration camp. After the war, Tott put the photos he had taken in a shoe box and did not look at them until 1997 when he read a notice in a veteran's newsletter from an Ahlem survivor seeking the GI who had taken photos during the camp's liberation. He contacted the survivor and eventually found 15 others before his death on March 1, 2005 at the age of 80.

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  • Starting Saturday, April 6th, 2019, repeated every day until Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am