The Story Of How The Seven Dwarfs Of Auschwitz Were Preyed Upon By The Nazis’ Angel Of Death

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As Jews who were also physically different, the Ovitz family might well have been murdered in the gas chambers as soon as they arrived at the camp. But it was their very physical difference that saved their lives. The sinister Dr Josef Mengele, known as “The Angel of Death” had other ideas about the fate of the dwarfs.

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As one of the Ovitz dwarfs, Perla, put it to Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev, authors of the 2013 book about the family, Giants: The Seven Dwarfs Of Auschwitz, “I was saved by the grace of the devil.” And of course the great irony of the Ovitz story is that they were spared death by one of the most barbaric and vicious men of the Nazi era.

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