In Our Hearts We Were Giants by Yehuda Koren
The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe--A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust

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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 best and worst of humanity and to the terrible irony of the Ovitz’s fate: being burdened with dwarfism helped them endure the Holocaust. Israeli authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev 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. Dr. Josef Mengele was notified of their arrival and they were assigned better quarters and provided more nutritious food than other inmates. The authors chronicle Mengele’s experiments upon the Ovitz’s, and the creepy fondness he developed for these small people, even the songs he composed and sang to this family of singers, dancers, and klezmorim. Finally liberated by Russian troops, the family returned to their deserted village in Transylvania, and eventually found their way to a new home in Israel. They resumed their careers, overcame their handicaps and became wealthy and successful performers.

 

About Yehuda Koren

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Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev are 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.
 
Published April 27, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The true story of seven dwarves, a family of performers who survived the Holocaust.

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When the last of his 10 children was born in 1921, Shimshon Eizik Ovitz had the distinction of having fathered the largest dwarf family in the world. Twenty-four years later, his seven dwarf childr

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When the last of his 10 children was born in 1921, Shimshon Eizik Ovitz had the distinction of having fathered the largest dwarf family in the world.

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