After World War II, Rolf Panny worked in France for three years and lived in the US for 17 years, on the staff of the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Wisconsin. In 1970 he moved to New Zealand and taught German language and literature at Massey University.
From the introduction:
Aged over 80 now, I have tried to recreate the events of the past to help the reader understand the complexities of the era. A person of ironic temperament, I belonged to this time, while keeping a distance from it.