GIs Remember

Seymour Mermelstein - Buchenwald

Seymour Mermelstein, from New Jersey, joined the First Special Service Force, composed of American and Canadian soldiers, an all-volunteer unit. After it was deactivated in December, 1944, Mr. Mermelstein and other Americans in the original unit became the nucleus of the 474th Infantry Regiment. The 474th followed the main infantry units, mopping up behind the lines. Mr. Mermelstein entered Buchenwald several days after liberation and took this picture.

Source: GIs Remember, (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1994).