In Our Hearts We Were Giants

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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Baker & Taylor
A moving, powerful tale of survival under the most extreme circumstances recalls the experiences of the Ovitz family, a troupe of performing dwarves, all relatives, who were deported to Auschwitz, but managed to stay alive, despite special attention from the camp's Angel of Death, Joseph Mengele. Reprint.

Perseus Publishing
This remarkable, never-before-told account of the Ovitz family, seven of whose ten members were dwarfs, bears witness to the best and worst of humanity and to the terrible irony of the Ovitzes’ fate: being burdened with dwarfism helped them endure the Holocaust. Through dogged research and interviews with Perla, the youngest Ovitz daughter and last surviving sibling, and other relatives, authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev weave the tale of a beloved and successful family of performers who were popular entertainers in Central Europe until the Nazis deported them to Auschwitz in May 1944.

Descending from the transport train into the hell of the concentration camp, the Ovitz family?known widely as the Lilliput Troupe?was separated from other Jewish victims. When Dr. Josef Mengele was then notified of their arrival, he assigned them to sequestered quarters. His horrific ?research” on twins and other genetically unique individuals already under way, Mengele had special plans for the Ovitzes. The authors chronicle Mengele’s loathsome experiments upon the family members, the disturbing fondness he developed for these small people, and their interminable will to make it out alive. Dozens of telling photographs are included in this horrifying yet remarkable tale of survival.


Blackwell North Amer
This remarkable, never-before-told account of the Ovitz family, seven of whose ten members were dwarfs, bears witness to the best and worst of humanity and to the terrible irony of the Ovitzes' fate: being burdened with dwarfism helped them endure the Holocaust. Through dogged research and interviews with Perla, the youngest Ovitz daughter and last surviving sibling, and other relatives, authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev weave the tale of a beloved and successful family of performers who were popular entertainers in Central Europe until the Nazis deported them to Auschwitz in May 1944. Descending from the transport train into the hell of the concentration camp, the Ovitz family—known widely as the Lilliput Troupe—was separated from other Jewish victims. When Dr. Josef Mengele was then notified of their arrival, he assigned them to sequestered quarters. His horrific "research" on twins and other genetically unique individuals already under way, Mengele had special plans for the Ovitzes. The authors chronicle Mengele's loathsome experiments upon the family members, the disturbing fondness he developed for these small people, and their interminable will to make it out alive. Dozens of telling photographs are included in this horrifying yet remarkable tale of survival.


Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786715558
0786715553
9780786713653
0786713658
Characteristics: xiii, 305 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Negev, Eilat

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eayala8
Apr 20, 2018

My father lived through the WWII era. He had a vast library of books. As a child I was shown the books and the films. In school when we were taught about WWII I knew more than the average person my age. I could name the Normandy beach heads of Operation Over Lord and knew specific battles and their dates. My father is gone now..but he taught me never to forget what happened. I still have an interest in WWII subjects. I came across this book. I thought I would just skim it. But from start the book had me. I could hardly put it down. I had to know what happened next in their journey ripped from their home, sent to hell and back. When most would fold up and die they kept together the best they could and survived shameful chapter in history. The book is well written. Kept my attention and tugged quite a few times at my heart and produced tears. No gory details but just enough description so you have an understanding of what happened and the emotional trauma of it all.

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