R.G. Waldeck was the pen name of Rosa Goldschmidt, also known as Countess Waldeck, Rosie Waldeck, and several other variants of her name. She was born into a cultured German-Jewish banking family. In 1920, she received a doctorate in sociology from the University of Heidelberg, where she studied under Alfred Weber. From the 1930s, after fleeing Nazi Germany, she worked as a journalist based in the USA and became an American citizen. She spent the months from June 1940 to January 1941 as a correspondent in Bucharest, Romania for Newsweek. Her best-known book, Athene Palace (1942), is an eyewitness account of international intrigue and Balkan politics, including the putsch by the fascist Iron Guard, in the city before and during World War II.
The title refers to the Athénée Palace Hotel, the most glamorous in Bucharest and home to diplomats and a cosmopolitan clientele. Her surname Waldeck came from her then-husband Armin Graf von Waldeck; she had earlier been married to Ernst Gräfenberg, a German physican and scientist, and to Dr. Franz Ullstein. Among her other books were Prelude to the Past: The Autobiography of a Woman (1934), Meet Mr. Blank, The Leader of Tomorrow's Germans (1943),
Lustre in the Sky (1946),
The Emperor's Duchess (1948), and
Europe Between the Acts (1951).