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Standing Tall At Auschwitz

Standing Tall At Auschwitz

They were the largest family of dwarfs in recorded history. In the 1930s and 1940s, seven Jewish siblings toured Transylvania and neighboring lands enchanting enthusiastic crowds with their unique musical performances. Imprisoned at Auschwitz, they became endlessly appealing to Dr. Josef Mengele, who tormented them in the name of genetic research.

In inescapable irony, the Nazi doctor of death became their protector--and only hope for survival. We follow the Ovitz family from their beginnings in Transylvania and incarceration at Auschwitz, to their liberation from the camp and eventual settling in Israel.

This story of survival unfolds through firsthand accounts from residents of Rozavlea in Transylvania (now Romania), where the Ovitz family grew up, and from fellow Auschwitz survivors that remember them from the camp. Highlights include an interview with Perla, the youngest Ovitz, taped before her death in 2001.

Standing Tall At Auschwitz
They were the largest family of dwarfs in recorded history. Imprisoned at Auschwitz, they became endlessly appealing to Dr. Josef Mengele, who tormented them in the name of genetic research.