After a mason's apprenticeship, Paul Berger studied at the Dresden School of Arts and Crafts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. In 1912, he received the Rome Award, which included a two-year study residence in Rome. In World War I, he was seriously injured and acquired a walking disability. After a period as a freelance artist, he was appointed professor at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. When the city was bombed in 1945, his studio and a large number of his works were destroyed. A few years later, he died from the long-term effects of his wartime injuries.
Paul Berger was involved in the creation of the monument for the Fallen Soldiers at Saarlouis in 1928. Originally built on the GroÃe Markt (Big Market), the monument was moved in 1936 to its present location at the Kaiser-Friedrich-Ring. After the annexation of the Saar to the Federal Republic of Germany, the memorial figure was replaced by a modeled warrior figure of Nicholas Simon. Berger's contribution to the 1928 art competition, the only 13 cm high silver statuette of a Female skater from 1926, is today part of the Sculpturesâ Collection in Dresden.