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Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz [Kindle Edition]

Eilat Negev , Yehuda Koren
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Book Description

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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"An astonishing story: both wretchedly sad and oddly uplifting - Giants can scarcely fail to stay with you." Mail on Sunday '[An] amazing story sympathetically and eloquently told ... The authors show great respect and affection for the Ovitzes ... Theirs was a life worth living and a story very worth telling.' New York Review of Books "Their remarkable story, extensively researched, is so beautifully and sympathetically written that it fully deserves to appeal far beyond its core audience." BBC History Magazine

About the Author

Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev are respected writers and journalists. Their books include The First Lady of Fleet Street and Lover of Unreason: The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2451 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press, The (February 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3SGFX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! January 20, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew? February 2, 2014
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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 out of 5 stars Amazing story January 27, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Mengele was a twisted bastard! July 9, 2014
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This is an incredible story of a Jewish family of little people who were caught up in Hitler's war and paid the price. If it wasn't for the twisted interest of Joseph Mengele in these dwarfs, none of them would have survived. A stinging reminder of man's inhumanity to man and how one family experienced the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember June 8, 2014
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This was a very good book. I am interested in history, so I love to read books about subjects I know alittle about. This is a subject that should never be forgotten. No one should forgot and it should be past from generation to generation so this won't ever happen again.
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