Nathan Alterman, one of Israel’s greatest poets, whom David Ben-Gurion called the conscience of the people, is born in Warsaw, making aliyah and settling in Tel-Aviv in 1925. In the 1930′s and 1940′s, he is a major voice in the struggle for national independence, publishing political poems on a regular basis, first in Ha’aretz and beginning in 1943, in Davar. In these poems, Alterman attacks British policy, specifically their restrictions on Jewish immigration. Alterman wins the Ruppin Prize in 1947, the Bialik Prize in 1957 and the Israel prize for literature in 1968, to name a few of his accomplishments.
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