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Astonishing story of family survival at Auschwitz
on 20 June 2016
This is an astonishing story. The Ovitz family were Romanian Jews, who included an unusually high number of dwarves - 7 out of 10 siblings. Before WW2, they were famous throughout south east Europe as a travelling music hall troupe, and an incredibly close family. The war changed everything; they eventually ended up in Auschwitz. Once there, the very things which led them there - being Jewish and, to Nazi ideology, handicapped - also saved them. Dr Mengele had a special interest in twins and dwarfism, and they joined his 'research' group. They also managed to include some family friends by claiming them as related.
What they endured was what you would expect of Mengele and Auschwitz, but at the end they all survived; the only family to do so at that camp.
The book is told in a fairly straight chronological style. The authors do not shy away from varying accounts of certain events, and largely leave the reader to make up their own minds.
There are many accounts of Holocaust survival; this is one of the most unusual.