L0803 – Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, deel 3
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews is the monumental nine-part series spanning three millennia of Jewish history and culture. The series is hosted by former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Abba Eban, who describes it as a celebration of our common humanistic and moral heritage, explored through the mysteries of preservation, renewal and resonance of the Jewish people. From the stony heights of Sinai to the shores of the Dead Sea, from a Greek amphitheatre in Delphi to the Forum of ancient Rome, out of the ashes of concentration camps to the rebuilt cities and villages of Israel. Heritage brings to life the long and complex history of the Jews an their centuries-old interaction with the rest of Western civilization.
Part 7: The golden land:
This part describes one of the most important and exiting chapters in Jewish history, the relationship between the United States and the Jewish people. Never before had a country accepted Jewish people with so little resistance. And never before in their 3000-years history, had Jews made such a significant contribution to the shaping and growth of a country. With the wave of programs in Russia ant the rise of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s, a new chapter in the American Jewish story was written. Some two million Jews from all over Eastern Europe converged on the United States from 1880 to 1920.
Part 8: Out of the Ashes:
Out of the Ashes comes the understanding that no ones life can be guaranteed without constant struggle. Believe in the ultimate ability of humankind to overcome the darkest, most brutal of forces is the light which must carry us forward, declares Ambassador Eban in this haunting hour which attempts to illuminate the universal meaning of the Holocaust. Through dramatizations of the anguished words of victims of nazi terrorism and through rare archival photographs and moving film footage, Out of the Ashes paints a picture of life in the European shtet and later, in the concentration camps. Out of the ashes attempts to treat the Holocaust not only as a devastating memory of yesterday, but also as a profound challenge for today.
Part 9: Into the future:
Into the future picks up the thread of Jewish history after World War ll and the devastating effects of the Nazi Holocaust. Although many of the survivors found a haven in the United States, there were still many borders closed to Jewish refugees. Their only hope rested in the Middle East, in Palestine, part of the disintegrating British Empire. This Heritage episode includes interviews with various Israelis, some of whom emigrated to Palestine in the early years of the 20th century, as well as some who settled in Israel following World War ll. The program examines Israels relationship to American Jews and modern Jewish communities elsewhere in the world. It reviews the distributation and the state of Jews and addresses the long-range issues, which confront them.