In Our Hearts We Were Giants: The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe : a Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust

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Carroll & Graf, 2004 - History - 305 pages
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In this remarkable, never-before-told account of the Ovitz family, seven of whose ten members were dwarves, readers bear witness to the terrible irony of the Ovitz's fate: being burdened with dwarfism helped them to endure the Holocaust. Through research and interviews with the youngest Ovitz daughter, Perla, the troupe's last surviving member, and other relatives, the authors weave the tale of a beloved and successful family of performers who were famous entertainers in Central Europe until the Nazis deported them to Auschwitz in May 1944. Descending into the hell of the concentration camp from the transport train, the Ovitz family-known widely as the Lilliput Troupe- was separated from other Jewish victims. When Josef Mengele was notified of their arrival, they were assigned better quarters and provided more nutritious food than other inmates. Authors Koren and Negev chronicle Mengele's experiments upon this family and the creepy fondness he developed for them. Finally liberated by Russian troops, the family eventually found their way to a new home in Israel where they became wealthy and successful performers. In Our Hearts We Were Giants is a powerful testament to the human spirit, and a triumphant tale that no reader will forget. Photographs are included.

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The true story of seven dwarves, a family of performers who survived the Holocaust. The Ovitzes were one of only two families whose members all returned from Auschwitz, and to call that remarkable ... Read full review

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Yehuda Koren is journalists for the major Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and contribute to major British periodicals. In addition to their interviews with Perla Ovitz, her nephew, and her cousin, they tracked down significant medical documentation and archival lists and unearthed original records from Auschwitz.

Eilat Negev is journalists for the major Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and contribute to major British periodicals. In addition to their interviews with Perla Ovitz, her nephew, and her cousin, they tracked down significant medical documentation and archival lists and unearthed original records from Auschwitz.

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