Episode Five: Return

Airs Tuesday, April 1, 10-11 p.m. (Check local listings)

In this final episode of The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama 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 that turned the Zionist dream of creating a modern state of Israel into reality — and the consequences for the world. With contributions from writer David Grossman, photographer Micha Bar-Am, kibbutz founder Freddie Kahan, West Bank settler Zvi Cooper and Palestinian villager Yacoub Odeh, the film explores the tension between the high ideals and dire necessities that led to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

  • judf

    Loved the series. Still don’t understand why palestine. Weren’t they all, jews and arabs, semites? Using the same moral argument America’s Native Americans should be able make a rightous claim for the US…

    • Sasha Feoktistov

      Didn’t you watch the first episode? A Jewish state would have made sense ONLY in Palestine: the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, the focal point of our spiritual life, and the source of our language, our faith, and our tradition. Indeed the Native Americans here DO have a righteous claim on the US, which is at least tacitly acknowledged by Tribal Sovereignty laws.

  • Howard Marx

    The three prongs included on the Story of the Jews episodes,
    namely, The Enlightenment – German assimilation, The Pale of Settlement, and
    coming to The Americas – South then North, are all integrate part of my
    identity.

  • loraliequerbach

    I don’t care how terrible Israel is. I can’t take the abuse here in america anymore. I love most of the people most of the time. But I miss my grand babies all the time I want my seed and I and my husband to take a chance on the ingathering of exiles. I carry God’s word in my heart and the wounds of my people on my soul and all the burdens I need peace and my children and my children’s children to know the Truth.

  • loraliequerbach

    I want my family restored from the retarding this place has caused. Preventing our progress in order to hinder and delay academic progress by failure to promote. Now I have a name for what I know they did here. I want my grand babies not to suffer like that again

  • Seeker

    Wonderful series. Simon, thank you for enlightening me and many others. Your work answered many of my questions related to the religion and the past.

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