The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Simon Schama at Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Egypt

Credit: Courtesy of Tim Kirby © Oxford Film & Television 2012

Join Simon Schama to explore the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day.

Noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience in this new five-part series. Parts three, four, and five air Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. Tonight, Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down, plunges viewers 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, and examines how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish.