Jerusalem Report

An unhappy revelation

Paul Glaser hesitantly takes steps to uncover the troubling truth that his father was a Jew.

Rosie Glaser
As the last generation of Holocaust survivors ages and passes on, every diary, every memoir, and every book of remembrance takes on the weight of crucial testimony. Yet, in spite of the fact that each story is unique in its particular trajectory of persecution, isolation and devastation, it is rare, at this point, to come upon a work that offers a different angle, an unusual variation on the familiar theme. In this sense, “Dancing with the Enemy,” by Paul Glaser, a 67-year-old manager of health-care and educational institutions, is something of an exception.

The book first appeared in Dutch in 2010 under the name “Tante Roosje,” with Verbum Publishing, a Dutch publishing house that specializes in the publication of Holocaust memoirs, and it has recently come out in English translation (by Brian Doyle Du- Breuil). What makes “Dancing with the Enemy” particularly intriguing is that it is in fact two stories, or rather, two narratives, whose parallel strands combine to create a complex, sobering, conclusion.

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