Dancing With the Enemy: My Family's Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser
I've always been particularly interested in World War 2 and the Holocaust. I'm not sure why. I don't really enjoy reading and hearing of the horrors that went on. But somehow I feel as if it is a period in history that we need to remember. We need to know it happened. And we need to be committed to never letting it happen again.
Dancing With the Enemy was first published in the Netherlands and has been a best seller there. It has now been translated into English.
Paul Glaser was unaware of his Jewish roots until his adult years. It wasn't until a tour of Auschwitz that his curiosity was stirred and he began researching his family's Jewish history and their life during World War 2. It was during this time that he became aware of an aunt from the Netherlands- Rosie.
Rosie was a dancer and a dance teacher. She was not a practicing Jew but had Jewish ancestors. As things heated up during the war, Rosie was always determined and resourceful. Betrayed when she went into hiding with her mother, she eventually spent time in a series of concentration camps. Always she struggled to survive and even to make the best of her situation. As we see the war through her eyes, we come to see the horrible things she and others endured. Again and again those from Rosie's own country of birth betrayed her and the other Jews and let them down.
This is a compelling read. It is always difficult to read of the horrors endured. But Rosie's unflagging spirit shines through. She is a character that you want to know. The book is well written in the first person- Rosie telling her own story.
It is difficult to say that enjoyed reading it-given the hard subject matter. But I can recommend it. It is a very good read.
Caution: There is definitely some hard subject matter here. There are always some things that might offend some of my readers. There is nothing at all of details, but there are things that Rosie did before and during her time in the camps that be disturbing.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.