Melanie Willard Professional Speaker

Herbert Scherer


Herbert Scherer is a man who has impacted my life more profoundly than anyone else in such a short amount of time. At 95 years of age, his days are numbered, and it my absolute honour to carry his baton, in order to continue spreading his story to the world. He is a remarkable human being with a story that our generation can learn so much from!

Even though we grew up on different continents with 50 years apart, we have lived very parallel lives. Both true stories of triumph over tragedy, Mr. Scherer survived one of the most brutal wars in human history while I had to fight through my own battlefields of life. Two inspiring tales of human resilience, courage, and unwavering faith in the same God who protected and delivered us from impossible conditions and very real enemies.

Do yourself a favour, and invest in yourself by reading his book and watching our videos below. Mr. Scherer is a man of faith, who possesses great wisdom, peace, integrity, and most of all love. The time spent with him so far has only blessed and enriched my life in ways I can’t even describe. I will do what I can to keep sharing his sobering message of hope with a world that desperately needs it.









Herbert Scherer was only nine years old when Adolf Hitler took power in Germany. World War II was declared in 1939. In 1942, he was drafted into the army, after which he was shipped to the Eastern front as an infantry soldier.

Following his capture a year and a half later, he spent four and a half years in the death camps of Siberia. Herbert survived. Millions of others did not.

Writing in the simple, uncluttered fashion of a soldier’s diary, Scherer describes the death camps of Siberia, and how their captives clung to life. Dwelling on those years, he finally took pen in hand in a cathartic quest to empty past traumas onto clean white sheets of paper, thus consigning them to the past, revisited.

“My story is about what I experienced, and the fact that I attribute my survival to a higher power. I drew upon that higher power to sustain me when there was really no hope; no rescue possible.”









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In March 2020, I had the honour and privilege of interviewing Mr. Scherer and the following videos are extracts from our sobering and deeply moving conversations.