Letters from War – Beginning the journey home through Germany, September 1945

Sergeant Schwartz begins his slow journey home from war-torn Germany to his hometown in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Letters from War – Preparing to leave for home and a last look at war-ravaged Nuremberg, September 1945

Irvin Schwartz prepares to leave the 26th Infantry Regiment and return to the United States. He reports on recovery of Nuremberg.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz prepares to leave Europe from the United States, August 1945

Sergeant Schwartz announces to his friends and family that he will be leaving Europe soon and heading for home in Schuylkill County, PA.

Letters from War – Learning of Japan’s surrender at the “GI Olympics” in Nuremberg – August 1945

Sergeant Schwartz learned of the Japanese surrender in August 1945 while at a US Army sporting event in Nuremberg, Germany.

Letters from War – An interview with a First Division newspaper about the French Riviera, August 1945

A newspaper for the US Army's 1st Division interview Sergeant Schwartz about his time Nice, France in 1945.

Letters from War – Returning from a post-war vacation at the French Riviera, August 1945

Sergeant Schwartz describes his return from brief journey to vacation on the French Riviera in the summer of 1945.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz goes on vacation to the French resort city of Nice, July 1945

While on a post-war vacation on the French Riviera, Sergeant Schwartz describes the sights, the sounds, and the history of Nice, France.

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."