Paul Glaser / Paul Glaser – Dancing with the Enemy

Paul Glaser – Dancing with the Enemy

Paul Glaser – Dancing with the Enemy

Rights sold

  • Penguin (United States)
  • Motyl (Slovakia)
  • Aufbau (Germany)
  • Corpus Books (Russia)
  • Triton (Czech Republic)
  • Rocco (Brazil)
  • Bompiani (Italy)
  • City Press (China)
  • Rebis Publishing House (Poland)
  • Oneworld (United Kingdom)


About the book

During a visit to Auschwitz, Paul Glaser sees a Dutch suitcase on display, with his surname on it. It’s the start of a search for a long-hidden family secret: the fate of Paul’s Aunt Rosie. Rosie Glaser was a young Jewish woman from Den Bosch who worked as a dancing teacher. Extremely successful, she danced in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Berlin. When the National Socialists came to power, a life of extreme danger began for Rosie. Her own husband turned out to be a collaborator and he betrayed her to the Nazis. She was detained in several concentration camps, but survived even Auschwitz.


Rosie was unconventional, exuberant and ever optimistic, and her spirit comes through in these pages. – Jewish woman magazine

Rosie Glaser led one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century. What is undeniable is Rosie’s fearless strength in facing her fate and her refusal to become a victim. She refers little to the brutality she encountered, but frequently mentions the little kindnesses extended by the Germans. The will to survive is powerful indeed. – The Washington Times

A readable, personable study and a scathing indictment of Dutch passivity in the face of occupation. – Kirkus reviews


Paul Glaser (b. 1947) has held management positions in a number of educational and healthcare institutions. On discovering his family’s wartime secret, he decided to write a book about it. The translation rights have been sold in many countries.

© Simon Dirks

Additional book information

  • WWII memoir
  • ISBN 9789023499329
  • Number of pages: 320
  • World Rights: Cargo
  • Price: € 19,90