This is the story of Rosie, a Dutch dance instructor who charmed her way through Auschwitz by teaching lessons to the SS. Her epic life becomes a window into the author’s own past, and the key to discovering his Jewish roots. Raised Roman Catholic, Paul Glaser was shocked to learn of his father’s Jewish heritage. Grappling with his newfound identity, Paul set out to discover what happened to his family and his estranged aunt Rosie during World War II. An emancipated Dutch woman who defied convention, Rosie Glaser toured Western Europe teaching ballroom dancing to high acclaim. When the Nazis seized power, Rosie, a non-practicing Jew was betrayed by both her ex-husband and her lover and sent to a series of concentration camps. She survived, in part by teaching dance and etiquette lessons to her captors. Rosie’s spirit and incredible resourcefulness kept her alive amid tragedy. Of the 1,200 people who arrived with her at Auschwitz, eight survived. Dancing with the Enemy recalls an extraordinary life marked by love, betrayal, and fierce determination.
The book contains authentic songs and letters Rosie wrote in the concentration camps, as well as photographs that were buried underground.