In Our Hearts We Were Giants

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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 ...

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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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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786715558
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2005
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 396,864
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    In Our Hearts...

    This was an interesting book. It was a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Great human interest story

    This is a wonderful book about a family of dwarfs who get sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. They become a pet project for Dr. Josef Mengele, who is infamous for his experimentations on twins during the Holocaust. I will save this book and read it again in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Amazing story

    Gripping story of life in a small Romanian town to Auschwitz. How an extended family many of whom were little people survived the horros of a death camp. I read the book after seeing the documentary on the History Channel and found it to be so interesting I could not put the book down, I have read it twice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    I saw the tv show that they had on this family and was amazed th

    I saw the tv show that they had on this family and was amazed that they survived such horrors.  But they survived due to their size which i think was a blessing form God.  i plan on reading this book when i get it in a few weeks but i know that it will be great.  The family had such a strong will to survive do to what a Quote that i believe their one of their parents told then which is what saved them.  the quote was something like this. (through thick and thin, never separate. Stick together, guard each other, and live for one another")  that was what saved them in the Camps.  That Family was a great family through everything that happened to them and strong in my option for they survived everything that happened to them.

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