During the 1930's and 40's the Lilliput Troupe, a beloved and successful family of singers and actors, dazzled with their vaudeville program and unique performances as 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 darker moments in modern history. Disembarking 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 18 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 Yehudi Koren and Eilat Negev deftly describe the moving and inspirational story of this remarkable family and their indomitable will to survive.
By Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev. 384 pages. Paperback. Imported. Pigi Publications.