Uri Orlev Gives Books and Documents to Northwestern
The prominent Israeli children's writer Uri Orlev (b. 1931), author of The Island on Bird Street and other famous works on the experience of Jewish children and young people in World War II and in the new state of Israel, has donated 150 editions of his books to Northwestern University Library. In addition to books in the original Hebrew and translations into English, the gift includes translations of his works into major world languages, such as French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese, but also into many other languages of the world, among them Albanian, Catalan, Korean, Vietnamese, and numerous languages of the Indian subcontinent: Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Oriya, and Telugu, among others. Almost all of these books are available for checkout and interlibrary loan via NUcat in the Curriculum Collection in 5North. Orlev has also given Northwestern hundreds of other documents relating to his career as a writer: newspaper articles, interviews, award citations, and fan letters from children all over the world. These have been integrated into our existing documentation on the writer, which includes the original dossier prepared in Israel in support of Orlev's successful candidacy for the 1996 Hans Christian Andersen Medal.
Uri Orlev, originally Jerzy Henryk Orlowski, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1931. He is a survivor both of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After the war he moved to Israel. He began writing children's literature in 1976 and has since published over 30 books, many of which have been translated, while he himself has also translated Polish literature into Hebrew.
We will be celebrating his gift to Northwestern—and his 80th birthday!—with an exhibit in the New Books Alcove, Main Library, from January to March 2011.