Pseudoachondroplasia and the seven dwarfs of Auschwitz

Earlier this year Warwick Davies presented a TV episode describing the remarkable story of the Ovitz family, commonly known as the the Lilliput Troupe or the The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz.

PERSPECTIVES_WARWICK_DAVISThey have also featured in a recent review by Ralph Lachman in AJMG.

The Ovitzs’ were a family of Jewish traveling musicians called the ‘Lilliput Troupe’ who survived imprisonment and terrible experimentation at the hands of Joseph Mengele in the Auschwitz concentration camp. They were the largest family of dwarfs ever recorded and were the largest family (twelve family members from a 15-month old baby to a 58 year-old woman) to enter Auschwitz and to survive intact.


The book “In our hearts we were giants” tells their remarkable story and is available online.


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