Letters from War – Celebrating Independence Day 1945 in occupied Germany

Sergeant Irvin Schwartz describes the Fourth of July festivities in the ruined city of Nuremberg in July 1945.

Letters from War – Sergeant Schwartz discusses his position in the US Army after the war – Summer 1945

In this letter to to Horace Reber, Irvin Schwartz reveals why he turned down a promotion and his travels through post-war Germany.

Letters from War – Sergeant Schwartz’s farewell to General Eisenhower – June 1945

In the weeks after VE Day in the spring of 1945, General Eisenhower returned to the US. Sergeant Schwartz penned a farewell to his "supreme commander."

Letters from War – Two letters written on the eve of the first anniversary of D-Day – June 1945

A year after Irvin Schwartz first experienced combat on D-Day, he reflected on the first anniversary of the important date.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s V-E Day letter to the West Schuylkill Press-Herald – May 8, 1945

Staff Sergeant Irvin Schwartz's letter home on May 8, 1945 reflected on the end of World War II in the European Theatre.

Letters from War – Sergeant Irvin Schwartz receives the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry during the Battle of the Bulge

In 1945, Sergeant Irvin Schwartz was honored with the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the Battle of the Bulge.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s response to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1945

Sergeant Irvin Schwartz shares how he learned the shocking news of President Roosevelt's death in April 1945.

Letters from War – A photograph of the Nazi panzer destroyed by Irvin Schwartz in the Battle of the Bulge

In May 1945, the West Schuylkill Press-Herald published a photograph taken during the Battle of the Bulge showing a tank destroyed by Sgt. Irvin Schwartz.

Letters from War – A chippy letter in response to a fellow Pine Grove soldier serving in Italy – 1945

Sergeant Schwartz took offense to a comment from a soldier in Italy about the difference in fighting conditions between the Italian front and inside Nazi Germany.

Letters from War – “I believe the end is coming soon,” March 1945

In a March 1945 letter, Sgt. Irvin Schwartz shared insights about Nazi Germany's desperate "total war" efforts to turn back Allied attacks.