Perla Ovitz was born into a Jewish family. She had eight siblings, of which six were—like herself—little people. Together the family formed a performance troupe and sang in Yiddish, Romanian, Russian, German and Hungarian. The smaller siblings performed on stage, while the taller ones ran the backstage area.
After the beginning of WWII, the family managed to get by with fake passports and kept performing in Eastern Europe. In 1944 they were, however, captured and deported to Auschwitz, where the family was brought to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, known as “the Angel of Death”. He conducted terrible “medical experiments” on Perla and her siblings. Shockingly, because of this, the Ovitz family is the only whole family to have survived the death camp.
After the war, the entertainment-loving family moved to Israel where they ran two movie theaters. Perla was the last living member of the Ovitz family. She died in Haifa in 2001.
© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev