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The Jewish People (2008)

From slavery to the loss of a homeland; from exile to anti-Semitism; from pogroms to near annihilation in the Holocaust, how did the Jews endure while so many other communities vanished?


Andrew Goldberg


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Credited cast:
Deeana Copeland Deeana Copeland ... Self
Alan Dershowitz ... Self (as Alan M. Dershowitz)
William G. Dever William G. Dever ... Self
Benjamin Gampel Benjamin Gampel ... Self
Christine Hayes Christine Hayes ... Self
Brad Hirschfield Brad Hirschfield ... Self
Jodi Magness Jodi Magness ... Self
Lawrence Schiffman Lawrence Schiffman ... Self
Martha Teichner Martha Teichner ... Narrator
Elie Wiesel ... Self


This is the story of Jewish survival. From slavery to the loss of their homeland; from exile to anti-Semitism; from pogroms to near annihilation in the Holocaust, how did they endure while so many other communities have vanished? Hosted by Martha Teichner, Senior Correspondent for "CBS News/Sunday Morning," THE JEWISH PEOPLE: A STORY OF SURVIVAL explores some of the answers. // While other films have explored Jewish religion or Jewish culture, this one-hour original production is the first Jewish film organized around the central themes of survival and the achievement of a people. Moving chronologically, THE JEWISH PEOPLE: A STORY OF SURVIVAL offers a sweeping overview of the four millennia and the numerous civilizations - the Babylonians, the Romans, the Muslims, the Spanish, the Soviets and others - that have ruled over the Jewish people. Written by Anonymous

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Lewis Browne (1926): and mighty peoples dwindle to naught...
Lewis Browne (1926): With their kings and priests, their tyrants and princelings,
Lewis Browne (1926): They have marched over him in vainglorious pride...
Lewis Browne (1926): only to fall and die by the roadside.
Lewis Browne (1926): But he, the Jew, still lives on...
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This is very basic--like a film about Judaism and Jews for those unfamiliar with them.
25 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My summary indicates that this film is like an accelerated overview of Jews and Judaism for those unfamiliar with this. However, who, exactly, is that unfamiliar with Jews and their history? In the US where I live, I really think most are very familiar with this--and this is probably true of most who would watch this film. As a result, you wonder just how much interest it would hold. Plus, those who don't know about Jews may either not particularly care or might be antagonistic towards these folks. So, once again, I wonder how much interest the film might create. Now none of this is to say "The Jewish People" is a bad film. For what it is, it's very good--though packing over 3000 years of Jewish history into less than one hour is a ridiculous task--one that could have taken many, many hours or more. My feeling is that this film is best used with students--such as in high schools or colleges to set the stage for more discussions on the subjects. Worth seeing and well made.

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7 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Stereo (RCA Sound System)


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1.33 : 1
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