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Giants The Dwarfs of Auschwitz
on 20 May 2013
I had never heard of this book until it was reviewed in a local paper telling about a documentary that was coming to television.
This story tells of a remarkable Jewish family of 10 children 7 of whom were born with a serious kind of dwarfism. Their father who suffered from the same form of dwarfism married two different women who were normal sized and it tells the story of how the family became a stage act in Romania before WW2 and how respected they were
When Hitler came to power they were rounding up with all the other Jewish people of their village and sent to Auschwitz and came to be taken under Dr Mengele who did horrific experiments on them and other people who had birth defects and also twins. The fact that there were 7 dwarfs in the family saved their lives and those of their family and some friends. I
The story goes on to tell of the remarkable escape they had when Auschwitz was liberated, then went to live in Israel .. They used their lives on stage that they had before the war to earn money and lived into their 60's, 70's and 80's keeping their dignity throughout their lives.
To me this is a story that MUST be read because it shows that although some people suffered and died this family managed to pull back their lives and keep their dignity till the day they died.