The Story Of The Jews

November 2016

Ep5 - Return

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Return - This final episode examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Mixing personal recollection with epic history, Schama tells the story of the remarkable personalities and unprecedented events which turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality - and the consequences for the world. He explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland...
October 2016

Ep4 - Over The Rainbow

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Over The Rainbow - Schama plunges us into the lost world of the shtetl, the Jewish towns and villages sewn across the hinterlands of Eastern Europe which became the seedbed of a uniquely Jewish culture. Shtetl culture would make its mark on the modern world, from the revolutionary politics of the Soviet Union to the mass culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplaces of Hasidism. The episode also takes us to 1940, when the genocidal mechanisms of the 'final solution' were b...

Ep2 - Among Believers

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Among Believers - In this landmark series, Simon Schama looks at the impact of the Jews and the moments when Jewish experience - what Jews have thought, written, mourned and acclaimed - has changed their fate.The story continues with medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity - and sometimes their lives--under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed w...
March 2014

Ep3 - A Leap Of Faith

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A Leap of Faith - Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down - allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. One of the most fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice and the road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved. ...

Ep1 - In The Beginning

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In The Beginning - In this landmark series, Simon Schama looks at the impact of the Jews and those moments when the Jewish experience - what Jews have thought and written, uttered, mourned and acclaimed - has changed the fate of the world. Travelling the globe from New York to Odessa, Berlin to Jerusalem,Schama tells ancient and modern stories that illuminate the passions and perplexities of the Jewish people today. Using the most recent revelations of archaeology, the series engages with Jewis...