John Hennig (1911-1986) was a German scholar who was forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1939 with his family. They found refuge in Ireland where they stayed until 1956. During that period Hennig made a significant impression on Irish society, as Ireland did on him. He wrote and published extensively and became friends with many of the leading figures of the day. His impressions of Ireland are published for the first time here in the English language, while distinguished scholars and Hennig experts Gisela Holfter and Hermann Rasche provide an account of his life and work. John Hennig was a remarkable man and talented writer and is rightly regarded as the “father” of Irish-German Studies.