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Heritage - Civilization and the Jews
Heritage - Civilization and the Jews
Actor: Abba Eban
Directors: Alan Rosenthal, Eugene Marner, Julian Krainin, Marc Siegel, Peter Rosen
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2001     9hr 0min

Winner of the coveted Peabody Award, Heritage - Civilization and the Jews is the monumental nine-part series spanning five millennia of Jewish history and culture. The series is hosted by former Israeli Ambassador to the U...  more »


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Actor: Abba Eban
Directors: Alan Rosenthal, Eugene Marner, Julian Krainin, Marc Siegel, Peter Rosen
Creators: Abba Eban, Ted Haimes, Arnold Labaton
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Documentary
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1984
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 9hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Re-issue of a great documentary from the 1980s
Rabbi Yonassan Gershom | Minnesota, USA | 11/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is a re-issue of a 9-hour mini-series that first aired in the 1980s, and was recently (Nov-Dec. 2001) aired again on PBS. Each segment is 1 hour long, making it a useful tool in history classes covering many different periods. Since the "history of civilization" textbooks rarely mention what the Jews were doing in the 1900-year period between the rise of Christianity and the Nazi Holocaust, this series plays an important role in helping to make the curriculum more inclusive. Plus, The DVD version has a lot of additional resource materials not in the original PBS series.Regarding classroom appropriateness in public schools, this is a documentary, not a "religion" series. Yes, the series does talk about religion in some places, but it's called "Civilization and the Jews" for a reason. To be Jewish is not just a "religion," it is also a culture, with its own art, music, literature, etc. The approach is a mix of history, theology, archaeology, art, architecture, etc. that is intended to inform, not preach. The series clearly shows how Jews have contributed to the various civilizations where they lived, and how, in turn, the Jews benefitted from interaction with many of the different cultures where the Jewish communities were located. Yes, it also covers the pesecutions of the Jews, but it's well-balanced with positive experiences and events. Highly recommended!"
Heritage - Civilization and the Jews DVD
Janice L. Haney | Clifton Park, NY United States | 02/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WOW! This is an incredible set to have. The DVD is a reprint from a PBS special in 1984 (Peabody winner, at that). Abba Eban is an incredible, captivating speaker. My only problem is that there is so much information, I can only watch about two hours at a time. This is a must have whether you are Jewish or not. The series pulls together world history unlike any class I took in college. The addition of the DVD-Rom with tons of maps, historical documents, and video clips is awesome. It has answered most of the questions I had, and let me view a moving graphical history by sliding the scroll bar. Super buy for a history buff!"
Jerry Sanchez | New York | 03/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This nine-part documentary is not only a history of the Jews, it's a history of the western world! Hundreds of thousands of dollars were probably spent in the production of this series. Abba Eban takes the viewer all over the world to examine one of the world's most gifted and intriguing people - the Jews. These tapes will not put you to sleep. The music and images allows the viewer to relive Jewish history. And consequently, come to understand the world we live in today much better. I know the tapes are pricey, but own this documentary if you ever have the chance. You'll never regret it."
Ruslan Moskalenko | Pleasanton, CA United States | 04/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It takes 9 hours to watch a complete set and it worths it. It interesting that my 6 years old daughter was watching some parts with me and we both enjoyed. There are a lot of reasons to watch the program. First, it gives a good overview of the western civilization from sumerians. Second, the quality of the material is superb. You'll see a lot of beautiful places around the globe. Third, you'll learn about the jews.

Some things are quite surpising. The program is focused on dates, places and events. It tells you what happened and where but not much about why. Also it doesn't tell much jewish religion or traditions. If you want to know about jewish holidays, what kosher is etc, you'll need to look for other sources.

Overall, it's a great history program!