Uri Orlev (Hebrew: אורי אורלב; born Jerzy Henryk Orlowski in 1931) is an award-winning Israeli children's author and translator of Polish-Jewish origin. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he survived the war years in the Warsaw Ghetto and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (where he was sent after his mother was shot by the Nazis). After the war he moved to Israel. He began writing children's literature in 1976 and has since published over 30 books, which are often biographical. His books have been translated from Hebrew into 25 languages, while he himself has also translated Polish literature into Hebrew. One of his most famous books, which was also adapted as a play and as a film, is the semi-autobiographical The Island on Bird Street. Hebrew redirects here. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... From the Middle Ages until the Holocaust, Jews were a significant part of the Polish population. ... Warsaw (Polish: , , in full The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish: Miasto StoÅeczne Warszawa) is the capital of Poland, its largest city, and a gamma world city. ... The Ghetto Heroes Memorial The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Jewish ghettos established by Nazi Germany in General Government during the Holocaust in World War II. In the three years of its existence, starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps and extermination camps dropped the population of the... Bergen-Belsen, sometimes referred to as just Belsen, was a German concentration camp in the Nazi era. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... Hebrew redirects here. ... Polish literature is the literary tradition of Poland. ... Headline text DO YOU LIKE POTATOES???????????????????????? alex does. ...
In 1996 Orlev received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's literature. The jury's statement was: The Hans Christian Andersen Award, sometimes known as the Little Nobel Prize, is an international award given bianually by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in recognition of a lasting contribution to childrens literature. There are two categories of award winners: authors, and illustrators. ...
"Uri Orlev's experience as a Jewish boy in war-torn Poland is the background of this outstanding writer for children. Whether his stories are set in the Warsaw ghetto or his new country Israel, he never loses the perspective of the child he was. He writes at a high literary level, with integrity and humor, in a way which is never sentimental, exhibiting the skill to say much in few words. Uri Orlev shows how children can survive without bitterness in harsh and terrible times."
Biography & Bibliography from the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature
Categories: 1931 births | Living people | Israeli children's writers | Polish children's writers | Polish writers | Polish Jews | Winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Award
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