A Berliner’s Luck is the memoir of Fred Simon’s service in the Wehrmacht during the Great War. Simon was born in Berlin in 1922, into a working-class family where his father was a tool and die maker. His family had Jewish routes and emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1927. They returned five years later during the depression  and Simon grew up in Germany in the 1930s, starting an apprenticeship at Auer and Company, a ladies wholesale business for women’s clothing. On 1 October 1941, Simon was drafted into the Army. He was then deployed to Russia in April 1942, joining the Staff Company of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Regiment of the 3rd Panzer Division. He was a machine gunner on a detachment of four 50mm guns and saw action in the southern Russia before being injured in August 1942.
He was sent back to Germany to recuperate and then put on non-combat duties. However, in April 1945 he was deployed to the Dutch island of Texel to help put down a revolt by Georgian soldiers.
After the war, he emigrated to the USA where he had a family. Simon wrote this account so that his children would ‘know their heritage’, World War 2 and the ‘hard times after the war’. This is an interesting narrative but is very anecdotal in nature and lacks detail. It is probably of limited use to scholars and students of the Second World War.
 Fred A. Simon, A Berliner’s Luck (Xlibris, 2004), p.13.
 Ibid., pp.29-30.
 Ibid., p.41.
 Ibid., p.48.
 Ibid., p.53.
 Ibid., pp.66-67.
 Ibid., pp.97-101.
 Ibid., p.147.
 Ibid., p.7.