A European Sojourn 1943-1945 An Autobiography Pvt. Frederick O. Scheer Serial No. 14118781

As recounted to Rear Admiral William O. Miller J A G C USN (Ret.)

by Pvt. Frederick O. Scheer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/15/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781426963353

About the Book

A European Sojourn is the account of a small-town Jewish teenager who, on his first excursion beyond the borders of his home state, finds himself in a POW work camp in Adorf, Germany. From the day he enters basic training until he endures a cold German winter and makes his escape from enemy territory, Pvt. Frederick Scheer survives on little more than his good instincts, his quick thinking, and his calm and amiable nature. His is more than the usual World War II memoir. A European Sojourn is a coming-of-age story told with clarity, realism, honesty and humor.

About the Author

Frederick O. Scheer grew up as the second of four children and the firstborn son of the only Jewish family in Eatonton, Georgia. In 1942, as a freshman at the University of Georgia, he joined the enlisted reserves of the U.S. Army and was called to active duty in the spring of 1943.

Over the years, Fred has enjoyed speaking to Kiwanis Clubs and other groups where, even today, he is asked predominantly questions about his war experience. Based on this discovery, he began to search out other ex-POWs and gather their stories as well.

Fred returned to UGA after the war and in 1947 married Gerry Kessler. The couple eventually settled in Atlanta, where they raised their three children. Now retired from a successful career in commercial real estate, he and Gerry—his wife of now 63 years—live in Atlanta.