GIANTS
The Dwarfs of Auschwitz

YEHUDA KOREN and EILAT NEGEV
304pp ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) HA42

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‘Through thick and thin, never separate. Stick together, guard each other and live for one another.’ The Ovitz family had good reason to stand by their mother’s mantra as they descended from the cattle train into the death camp of Auschwitz. Yet all twelve emerged alive in 1945. Ironically, they survived because they were sought out by the ‘Angel of Death’ himself – Dr Joseph Mengele. For seven of the Ovitzes were dwarfs. Together, they were a beloved and highly successful vaudeville act known as the Lilliput Troupe, the only all-dwarf ensemble with a full show in entertainment history. The Ovitzes intrigued Mengele, and it was his disturbing affection for them that saved their lives. The troupe went on to light up Europe and Israel with their unique performances and Giants reveals their moving and inspirational story.