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Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz par [Negev, Eilat, Koren, Yehuda]
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an astonishing story: both wretchedly sad and oddly uplifting… Giants can scarcely fail to stay with you --Mail on Sunday

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During the 1930s and 40s the Lilliput Troupe, a beloved and successful family of singers and actors, dazzled with their vaudeville programme and unique performances. The only all-dwarf show of the time, their small stature earned them fame - and, ironically, ultimately saved their lives. As Hitler's war descended, the Ovitz family - seven of whom were dwarfs - was plunged into the horrors of the darkest moments in modern history. Descending from the cattle train into the death camp of Auschwitz, they were separated from other Jewish victims on the orders of one Dr Joseph Mengele, the 'Angel of Death'. Obsessed with eugenics, Dr Mengele carried out a series of loathsome experiments on the family and developed a disturbing fondness for his human lab-rats, so much so that when the Russian army liberated Auschwitz, all members of the family - the youngest, a baby boy just eighteen months old; the oldest, a 58-year-old woman - were still alive. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with Perla Ovitz, the troupe's last-surviving member, and scores of Auschwitz survivors, authors Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev deftly describe the moving and inspirational story of this remarkable family and their indomitable will to survive.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 298 pages
  • Editeur : Robson Press, The (12 février 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Book! 20 janvier 2014
Par Beth Bernstein - Publié sur
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I've read a lot of books on this subject but this book had a different perspective on the war and the people. Could not put it down. I think I will reread it in the future.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Who Knew? 3 février 2014
Par Melaney P. Jordan - Publié sur
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I'm not sure how I even came to know this book existed, but I'm glad I did. It's an interesting story about a unique family in a life-altering situation. How they came through it is amazing. I DID have a lot of questions while reading this book, which, to me, means the research could have been more thorough, but it's a good book nonetheless, especially if you are a student of the holecaust.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Inspiring Read 11 février 2015
Par Grandma Barbara - Publié sur
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I watched a program on PBS that spoke about this family and so I looked for the book and found it at Amazon. I received it and read it in two days. The story is fascinating and you can hardly put the book down. This is a different story in regards to most concentration camp histories. This family of little people arrived late at Auschwitz and were there less than a year and they were kept in better health because Mengele wanted to keep them for his experiments. The family is truly amazing, they had so much fortitude and bravery. The fact that they lived complete as a family is amazing in itself and when they were finally released it is astounding that the survivors of the camps were not given any real aid in getting back to what homes they had. This story is told very well and with much feeling. I recommend this book to all, we should never forget what happened under the Nazis and we should admire everyone that survived and moved on with their lives. This is an inspiring story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A unique Holocaust account of resilience in the face of evil 27 novembre 2015
Par Z Hayes - Publié sur
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I have read hundreds of Holocaust accounts in the past two decades, and each story is always unique despite the shared grief and pain. "In Our Hearts We Were Giants" is a compelling and unique Holocaust account as it is a chronicle of the lives of the Ovitz family which hail from Rozavlea, Transylvania from 1868 through the Holocaust and after - and what makes this unique is the fact that the family was afflicted with dwarfism (excluding a few family members), and this very condition saved them when the family arrived in Auschwitz in May, 1944. Most of the Jews in that transport were sent on to their deaths in the gas chambers - but the Ovitzes were spared because their sheer numbers and their dwarfism made them stand out amongst the crowds. The Nazi guards realized that this family would interest Dr. Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor who with a flick of his finger sent Jews to either their deaths or to life (albeit a harrowing one spent in arguably the worst concentration/extermination camp in WW II).

Dr. Mengele does become interested in the dwarves and keeps them for his personal quasi-medical experiments. In turn, the dwarves themselves soon realize that Mengele is the one person standing between them and death - and do all they can to survive. Though they are generally treated better than the other Auschwitz inmates (better food, clothing, kept together for the most part, etc.), they are also subjected to horrific and senseless medical experiments - tests, invasive procedures, being gawked at by strangers (in the nude) etc. The Ovitzes did manage to survive, and in the process also saved those not related to them (such as their family coachman Shimon Slomowitz, his wife and children) and some relatives who were not afflicted with dwarfism.

The book is also interesting in that it not only tells the story of the Ovitzes, but also the perceptions of those inmates who were critical of the Ovitzes, feeling that they were on too good terms with Mengele. However, it is apparent to the reader that the Ovitzes' survival was entirely dependent on Mengele's whims, which makes their dependency and obsequious behavior towards him justifiable. But despite surviving Auschwitz, the legacy of their camp experience continues to haunt them as is testified to by their nephew Shimshon Ovitz, who was only an infant when the family came to Auschwitz. He tells of not being able to sleep at night because of the tormented screams of his aunts and uncles. But despite all these travails, their resilience of spirit is to be admired as they do go on to make a new life for themselves after the war, making their way to Israel where they resume their careers in the entertainment line. This is a story of resilience and inner courage, and of survival in the most harrowing of circumstances. A must-read in the annals of Holocaust literature.Also recommended Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz, andChildren of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing story 27 janvier 2014
Par MD-Guy - Publié sur
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A truly amazing story that is very difficult to put down, told beautifully. I've read many books on the Holocaust but this is very different.
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