Author(s): Rolf Panny
The first part of Rolf Panny's memoirs, Between Hitler and a Hard Place, described his golden childhood and coming of age as a member of the 'Swing Youth of Hamburg' -- rudely interrupted by the war taking him to the harsh realities of the Russian Front. Open Roads Ahead continues Rolf's colourful journey through many parts of the globe -- as a student in France, teaching at Berkeley and taking part in the Free Speech Movement and campaigns against the Vietnam War, until finally finding a home in New Zealand as a teacher of German at Massey University. Rolf Panny tells the captivating story of his life with vivid detail, and a sense of humour seldom far from the surface.
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.