The Island On The Bird Street Analysis

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Uri Orlev is an Israeli author, who writes for children, he has received the International Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1996 for his ‘lasting contribution children’s literature’. In 1931 he was born in Warsaw, Poland in a Jewish family; his father, a physician, who was captured by the Russians, when World War II broke out. During World War II, he lived in Warsaw Ghetto with his mother and younger brother, until his mother was killed by the Nazis and he was sent to Bergen Belsen concentration camp, after the war he moved to Israel. Orlevhas grew up under barbaric conditions; he is among those Jewish children who survived in Nazi occupied Europe at the end of the World War II. Orlev began to write in 1976 and most of his writings are often autobiographical, other than Hans Christian Anderson Award for children’s literature, he also received the Bialik Prize for literature (jointly with Ruth Almog and Raquel Chalfi) in 2006. Most of …show more content…

The terrible time which Holocaust survivors have experienced can be well understood by going through Orlev’s work. The Island on The Bird Street tells a story about a Jewish boy Alex, and his courage to survive alone in a ghetto during World War II. Alex, being a boy of just eleven years, shows extreme bravery and couragein the barbaric condition of the Holocaust and war. Alex has hope that his father will come to take him away, he has a hope for survival and he overcomes many obstacles and show real courage in dangerous situations. The whole story revolves around Alex, i.e. how he makes it throughtough conditions and also waits for the arrival of his father. It is about Alex’s fight, with the fears and about his courage to get out of the unsafe situation which he is facing everyday in the Nazi occupied

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