But the lives of these performers was about to be hideously disrupted by the Nazis. Hungary was an ally of Germany during World War II. But in 1944, Hitler discovered that the Hungarians had been trying to negotiate an armistice with the Americans and British. Now the German army occupied the country. This was not good news for the Ovitz family.
The Ovitz family were on the wrong side of the Nazis for two reasons. Firstly, they were Jews, and Hitler had decided to liquidate the entire Jewish population of Europe. Secondly they were dwarfs, and Nazi ideology regarded people with disabilities as inferior beings, worthy only of extermination.
In fact, for most of the war, the Ovitz family had managed to escape the attentions of the Hungarian fascists and the German Nazis. Somehow, they got their hands on papers which didn’t mention the fact that they were Jews. This meant they were able to continue touring and performing until 1944.