• Title: Dancing with the Enemy: My Family's Holocaust Secret
  • Author: Paul Glaser
  • Released: 2013-09-10
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 0385537700
  • ISBN13: 978-0385537704
  • ASIN: 0385537700
From How did the author’s glamorous Aunt Rosie survive the Holocaust? Why does his family in Holland never talk about her or about their roots? He has been raised Catholic, but is his father Jewish? Did his grandfather really die of old age? Who betrayed Rosie and her parents to the Nazis? With lots of photos throughout of his father’s sexy sister, a professional dancer, Glaser weaves together his interviews with Rosie in Sweden and his research into her amazing letters and diaries, and he tells the story in her voice parallel with his surprising discoveries of his own identity. She survived 18 months in Auschwitz, in luck to be used in invasive medical experiments, even if they did leave her sterile, singing and dancing with her capo-guard boyfriends. One of her jobs was to accompany and reassure prisoners before they went to the showers. With the personal and family secrets revealed, most shocking is the fact that 85 percent of Dutch Jews did not survive. An essential addition to the Holocaust collection. --Hazel Rochman

Review "A compelling story about how one prisoner charmed and danced her way to survival. A fascinating read that also exposes the calumnies of the Dutch people and government both during the war and after it." —Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University

"Family secrets run deep. When Dutch-born Glaser started digging up his hidden Jewish past, he learned that his estranged aunt Rosie had survived Nazi concentration camps by giving dancing lessons to the guards and having affairs with more than one. Letters, archives, diaries, relatives and family friends lead the writer, at last, to Rosie Glaser herself, and to an extraordinary story of an unconventional, nervy woman and her determination to survive." —The New York Post

"Glaser weaves together his interviews with Rosie in Sweden and his research into her amazing letters and diaries, and he tells the story in her voice parallel with his surprising discoveries of his own identity ... An essential addition to the Holocaust collection." —Booklist

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