Shades of Gray: Memoirs of a Prussian Saint on the Eastern Front
Published by Mill Creek Press
The gruff, off-key voice resonated deep within my soul as I sat quietly in our bunker. It was Christmas Eve, and as the year 1942 faded into history I wondered if it would prove to be my last. Our bunker sat atop a hill overlooking the Don River, which flowed in a southeasterly direction over the Russian steppes toward Stalingrad. On our right flank, a huge gap in the German Eastern Front lay open where the 3rd Romanian Army had once been entrenched. Just over a month earlier, the Red Army had blown through this weakest part of our lines and now encircled Stalingrad. My artillery group was one of many in the German 6th Army desperately trying to hold our position.
Thus begins the remarkable story of Art Naujoks, and his battle to survive World War II as a soldier in the German Army. From the trenches of Stalingrad, to the hopelessness of the German Army in retreat, Art recounts with vivid detail what it was like to be a German soldier on the Eastern Front. Time after time he is tested; from frozen legs during the retreat at Stalingrad, to his head injury at the fierce battle on the Ukrainian Front, to freezing temperatures in the last retreat from Poland. Art managed to survive in spite of the incredible odds against him.
For fifty years, Art told no one of his incredible experiences. Long since an American citizen, Art finally revealed his remarkable story shortly after the reunification of his beloved Germany.