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The Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama

Prize-winning author of 15 books and Emmy Award-winner Simon Schama brings to life Jewish history and experience in a new five-part documentary series, "The Story Of The Jews With Simon Schama," premiering Tuesdays, March 25, 8-10 p.m. (episodes 1 & 2) and April 1, 8-11 p.m. (episodes 3, 4 & 5) on PBS. The five-hour series follows Schama – who has written and presented 50 documentaries on art, literature and history and is a contributing editor of the Financial Times, as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, exploring the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it.

Menorah, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Egypt.

Menorah, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Egypt.

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

Simon Schama at Iraq-el Amir, Jordan.

Simon Schama at Iraq-el Amir, Jordan.

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

Iraq-el Amir, Jordan.

Iraq-el Amir, Jordan.

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

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem.

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem.

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

Sigmund Freud's spectacles on his desk at the Freud Museum, London.

Sigmund Freud's spectacles on his desk at the Freud Museum, London.

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

Simon Schama hosts a seder or Passover meal.

Simon Schama hosts a seder or Passover meal.

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

Simon Schama at Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

Simon Schama at Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

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

The Coruna Bible, the Shema Prayer.

The Coruna Bible, the Shema Prayer.

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

Simon Schama at Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Egypt.

Simon Schama at Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Egypt.

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

Córdoba, Spain

Córdoba, Spain

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

Gerona, Spain

Gerona, Spain

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

Simon Schama at Sepphoris Synagogue, Tzippori, Israel.

Simon Schama at Sepphoris Synagogue, Tzippori, Israel.

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

Gold inscribed cobblestones, Berlin, Germany.

Gold inscribed cobblestones, Berlin, Germany.

Credit: Courtesy of Ariel Grandoli © Oxford Film & Television 2012

Courtyard of Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France.

Courtyard of Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France.

Credit: Courtesy of Julia Mair © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Interior of Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France.

Interior of Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France.

Credit: Courtesy of Julia Mair © Oxford Film & Television 2013

The Opera House, Paris, France.

The Opera House, Paris, France.

Credit: Courtesy of Jeremy Pollard © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Synagogue Rue Copernic, Paris, France.

Synagogue Rue Copernic, Paris, France.

Credit: Courtesy of Julia Mair © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Simon Schama at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Germany.

Simon Schama at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Germany.

Credit: Courtesy of Ariel Grandoli © Oxford Film & Television 2012

Houses at Bershad, Ukraine.

Houses at Bershad, Ukraine.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Portrait pictures of the deceased at Bershad, Ukraine.

Portrait pictures of the deceased at Bershad, Ukraine.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Tombstones in the cemetery, Satanov, Ukraine.

Tombstones in the cemetery, Satanov, Ukraine.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Simon Schama at an old Synagogue, Kosice, Slovakia.

Simon Schama at an old Synagogue, Kosice, Slovakia.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2012

Simon Schama at Bardejov, Slovakia.

Simon Schama at Bardejov, Slovakia.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Old torah, sacred document of Judaism.

Old torah, sacred document of Judaism.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2012

Hasidic Jews, Uman, Ukraine.

Hasidic Jews, Uman, Ukraine.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Macgregor © Oxford Film & Television 2013

Atlit detention camp, Israel - seen through barbed wire.

Atlit detention camp, Israel - seen through barbed wire.

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

Barracks at Atlit detention camp, Israel.

Barracks at Atlit detention camp, Israel.

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

Grafitti at Atlit detention camp, Israel.

Grafitti at Atlit detention camp, Israel.

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

Simon Schama with Avia, a Beta Israel interviewee from Ethiopia.

Simon Schama with Avia, a Beta Israel interviewee from Ethiopia.

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

Broken memorials at Chatby Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt.

Broken memorials at Chatby Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt.

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