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Hermines Midgets

One of the attractions at Vienna’s Amusement Part in 1943 was a Lilliputian village ‘inhabited’ by Little People. They remained successful for several seasons, but the rise of Hitler led to increasing distress and the Little People were organized into a troupe by a family of former circus performers and the company was christened “Hermines” after one of the family names.

The Little People were not trained performers, but under the Hermines tutelage, they enhanced some natural skills and learned various routines. By the time they had traveled through Europe and reached the USA, the troupe performed as a band, danced, did a wire act and acrobatics, and gave a pugilistic exhibition.