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

eBook - 2004
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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.

Perseus Publishing
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.


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.


Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004
ISBN: 9780786738564
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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Sep 28, 2018

"I was saved by the grace of the devil," Holocaust survivor Perla Ovitz

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