Documentary TV Series:

The Story of the Jews

Simon Schama


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"over dramatic presenter"
1 stars"
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Oh dear, what an enormous amount of personal interpretation and speculation that detract from the reality of history plus too many irritating mannerisms from this presenter. Don't think I will get through it all. Overall: quite disappointing.

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"Interesting and engaging"
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Not knowing very much at all on the subject, this series provided me with a lot to think about. Sir/Professor Schama is an authority in this field of study, and I was impressed at how he made a complex subject interesting and understandable to an ordinary person like me. If you are interested in the subject, I doubt that you'd be disappointed. I'm very glad to add this to my collection of historical documentaries. It arrived very speedily too, well-packaged: I am a new customer to Mighty Ape, and I appreciate the great service.


The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama is a British 2013 TV documentary series presented on DVD.

Simon Schama explores the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from past to present


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 Jewish art and architecture: from the spectacular synagogue mosaics of the Galilean city of Sepphoris, to ornate Torah scrolls from Persia; the glories of the illuminated books of the middle ages to the fierceness of Jewish modernists like Schoenberg and the populism of Jewish entertainers like Irving Berlin.

Each episode speaks to then and now. The first episode traces how the Jewish adoption of a supreme invisible deity changed the world by taking the form of a portable book, and the drive of scholars, adventurers and archaeologists to prove – and sometimes to disprove – the historical reality of the Bible story.

The second episode looks at the experience of Jews in Christian and Muslim worlds through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, while the third episode looks at the explosion of creativity that drove Jews out of the ghetto to help create modern culture.

The fourth episode looks at two of the major directions Jews took in that modern world – some following their passion for social justice, others embracing the dynamism of immigrant America to create the department store, the movies, and the great American songbook.

The final episode explores how the horror of mass destruction affected – or failed to affect – the rest of the world, and how, with the creation of Israel, the Jewish story remains the fulcrum on which the fate of the world turns.

Release date NZ
May 8th, 2014
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  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
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  • United Kingdom
  • Documentary
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