About Russ Schneider
Resume (from 1999)
Russ Schneider was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He taught composition at the University of Florida for many years,
after receiving a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University
of Florida and an undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo college.
Throughout his life he spent his summers in
Little Point Sable, Michigan, on Lake Michigan. He spent several
childhood years in Puerto Rico and later lived and studied in Strasbourg,
In Michigan he absorbed the beauty and unshakeable
presence of the lake, the trees, and the backroads. In later years,
Russ transplanted his affinity for the out of doors to north central
Florida, where he lived immersed in his writing or tramping in the
woods in the "swamps" and forests near Gainesville, Florida.
He was an accomplished classical pianist, and
played many hours in his swamp-side piano pavilion for the local
He studied the Russo-German War for years before
undertaking his books, teaching himself German to be able to expand
his research. Madness Without End
(fiction) was published in 1994, Demyansk
(fiction) in 1995, and Gotterdammerrung 1945:
Germany's Last Stand in the East (non-fiction) in 1998. Neue
Paradies Verlag, his publishing company, operated from 1994 through
his death in January 2000.
In his years in the woods he accumulated an
enormous body of writing, still being edited.
Resume from 1999
MA, English/Creative Writing
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Contract Writer, Eastern Front Warfield Books
Was contracted by this company to write a translation of a post-war
German novel from the German, as well as to write a purely historical
work about a particular engagement of the final months of World
War Two. This book, Gotterdammerung 1945, proved so successful that
all 1,500 copies sold out, and a second printing was issued by the
Military Book Club, a subsidiary of Doubleday, and is still in print.
Managing Editor/Owner, NPV Publishing Company
Wrote and published two works of historical fiction (short story
collections) about the Eastern Front in World War Two. These books
sold out and proved very popular among aficionados of the period.
Instructor of English, University of Florida Office of Instructional
Resources Writing Lab
Taught classes in basic English Composition to freshmen who
needed remedial help before enrolling in the universitys standard
required English classes; tutored any students enrolled in the university
who came to the Writing Lab for assistance with writing assignments.
Teaching Assistant, University of Florida
Taught English 1101, the standard English composition course
required of all freshmen.
German (read and write)
NPV Publishing, 1994 (short story collection)
NPV Publishing, 1995 (short story collection)
Gotterdammerung 1945Germanys Last
Stand in the East
Eastern Front Books, 1998 (nonfiction)
Reprints of Madness Without End and Demyansk, Shelf Books, Halifax,