Book Reviews of In Our Hearts We Were Giants: The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe--A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust

In Our Hearts We Were Giants: The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe--A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust
In Our Hearts We Were Giants The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe--A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust
Author: Yehuda Koren, Eilat Negev
ISBN-13: 9780786713653
ISBN-10: 0786713658
Publication Date: 4/2004
Pages: 305
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Publisher: Carroll Graf Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
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The amazing story of an amazing family. The book contains quite a few black and white photographs, too.
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In Our Hearts We Were Giants by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev is an incredible story of a family of little people and their survival through the Holocaust. Shimshon Eizik Ovitz was a little person born to normal height parents. His first marriage to a regular sized woman produced two surviving daughters, both of whom where little. After his wife died, Shimshon remarried another normal sized woman and produced eight more children, five of whom were also little people. The mother, who had raised all kids, including the two daughters from the first marriage, warned them to always stay together. Their strength was in supporting each other. They heeded her advice and formed the Lilliput Troupe. Every child, with the exception of one tall son, worked together in the Troupe. Born and raised in Transylvania, which was annexed by Romania, they travelled throughout Europe performing their song, dance, and acting performances. Life was good until the unthinkable happened. In 1944 they were all sent to AuschwitzBirkenau, the notorious concentration camp. Their great handicap in life soon proved to be their salvation. Because Josef Mengele had an interest in twins and dwarfs, he spared their lives in order to experiment and study them. This is a gripping book. Reading about Auschwitz is nothing less than stomach churning; the ordeal of their survival and the masses who werent spared is unimaginable. The extraordinary tragedy and triumph of this family will be etched in my heart forever. It amazes me that throughout life the Ovitzes found faith, hope, endurance, as well as the ability to smile in the face of horror. Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com