Uri Orlev, born in 1931 as the son of Jewish parents in Warsaw, spent part of his childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1943 he was deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He is one of the few still living witnesses of the Holocaust. After liberation, he emigrated to Israel, where he worked for twenty years in a kibbutz. His worldwide reputation as a writer is based on his youthful novels, in which he deals with his own childhood and the suffering of fascism and war.

Uri Orlev's works, including his children's books, has been translated from Hebrew into more than 25 languages. In 1996, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the most important international award for children's books. The author has four adult children and lives with his wife in Jerusalem.

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