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Alfred Novotny was born in Vienna on 1 April 1924, and was perfectly placed to suffer the ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. His times were interesting and deadly, but that he survived them is not the greatest surprise. Rather, what stands out is that Fred never lost his compassion, nor his humanity, nor his mind.
During WWII Novotny served in the Reich Labor Corps, and later was a soldier in the most elite division of the German Army, Panzer-Grenadier Division "Großdeutschland".
After his release from Soviet captivity, Fred Novotny returned to his native Vienna and resumed the career he had begun at the age of 14 as a waiter in luxury restaurants.
In 1956, he and his wife, Lisl, emigrated to the United States, and Fred continued his work as a wine steward in Illinois. Eventually, Fred parlayed his training, experience, and hard work into undreamt-of success, rising to a partnership in a series of luxury hotels in Illinois and Iowa. In 1973, he was elected to the presidency of the Illinois Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs.
Alfred Novotny as a Wehrmacht soldier
The Good Soldier
From Austrian Social Democracy to Communist Captivity with a Soldier of Panzer-Grenadier Division Großdeutschland
by Alfred Novotny
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New! Audio Version of The Good Soldier
Read by the author, Alfred Novotny
Even more than they do in the book, the Eastern Front experiences of the former Panzergrenadier now come alive against a background of combat sound effects and period music that provide an entirely new experience for those seeking a more intimate familiarity with the author's story.