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Faith & Fate Miracle of Israel - 1945-1948 - Double DVD Set

Faith & Fate Miracle of Israel - Double DVD Set
Double DVD Set! Essential - Indispensable - Puts 4,000 years of Jewish History into perspective. Faith & Fate focuses on how the events of the 20th century impacted on the Jewish people - and how the Jewish people impacted on the century.

The series explores how the survival of the Jewish people defied the ravages and challenges of over 40 centuries. It includes original historical clips and photographs rarely seen. By combining the historical videos and the productivity tools on the second accompanying DVD the student and researcher has the tools needed to explore and understand the events that effect us to this very day.

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Faith & Fate focuses on how the events of the 20th century impacted on the Jewish people - and how the Jewish people impacted on the century. The series explores how the survival of the Jewish people defied the ravages and challenges of over 40 centuries. It includes original historical clips and photographs rarely seen. By combining the historical videos and the productivity tools on the second accompanying DVD the student and researcher has the tools needed to explore and understand the events that effect us to this very day.

Features - Faith & Fate Miracle of Israel - Double DVD Set

Features on DVD #1:

  • 110 minute historical DVD in B&W and Color
  • Many rarely seen photos from private collections
  • Narration and Explanation of each event
  • Original Sound Track & special effects
  • Ability to navigate DVD by Events or by Chapter.

Features on DVD #2:

  • Photo Archive - Downloadable & Printable
  • 26 Videos - downloadable Videos
  • Biographies - Copy & Paste
  • Quick Read Summaries
  • Additional Resource Listings
  • Trace your own Roots
  • Jewish Family Tree Tools & Resources

  • How World War II differed from any previous war
  • Bearing witness to and providing proof of the atrocities
  • The world declares “I was just following orders” is not a justifiable moral defense
  • Why the future looked so bleak to the survivors
  • Sephardic Jewry in Europe were also decimated in the Holocaust
  • Difficulties facing the survivors and understanding how many retained their faith
  • How the survivors rebuilt their lives.
  • The impact of the Holocaust on the founding of the State. 
  • Pogroms and Antisemitism in Europe after WWII
  • From concentration camps to displaced persons camps
  • How the survivors tried to reconnect to family and Jewish life
  • How Britain of 1939 contradicted Britain of 1917 and the Balfour declaration
  • The promise of and later disappointment in the new British government
  • The dream of the survivors: to rebuild a Jewish homeland
  • The Jewish refugee issue and the differing American and British reactions to it
  • The strong will of British Prime Minister Bevin and equally strong will of the survivors
  • How different Jewish groups in pre-state Palestine interacted with the British
  • “Illegal” immigration: how Jews somehow reached Palestine
  • British reaction to Jewish attempts to bring Jews to Palestine
  • The story of the ship Exodus and how world opinion was affected.
  • The British and Jews in Palestine — violence and counter violence
  • How one person can, and did, greatly influence American/world opinion
  • Divine Providence – the Hand of God in Jewish History
  • The Holocaust survivors and how they influenced the establishment of the State of Israel
  • American Zionists in the pre-state period
  • Britain decides to leave Palestine
  • The two great superpowers and how they affected the Jewish people.
  • How Stalin’s actions greatly impacted upon the Jews of the USSR
  • Herzl’s declaration “within 50 years” is accurate to the day and the UN Partition Plan
  • Why some Jews opposed the establishment of a Jewish state
  • The relationship of the Sephardim to the land of Israel and Zionism
  • The crucial 1947 UN vote: what went on “behind the scenes”
  • The actual UN vote for a Jewish state – who supported and who did not.
  • The reaction of the Jews and Arabs after the vote
  • How and why Russia and the USA agreed to support a Jewish state in the UN

  • and much more...

    When the American soldiers discovered the “Jewish graveyard” left by the Nazis in Europe - as well as the survivors of the concentration camps, they were unprepared for what they saw and shocked by what they found. The surviving Jews had no homes to return to, little or no family remaining and were suffering in dire poverty. The Sephardic as well as the Ashkenazic Jewish communities of Europe were gone.  Looking back, they and their communities were devastated, and looking forward, the challenges seemed insurmountable. 
    The film explores the remarkable determination that the survivors had to rebuild their lives.  It also explores their faith during and after the Holocaust. For the many of survivors, the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland was their anchor of hope.  For others, it was their determination to rebuild their lives with material security and safety.  And yet for others, the faith that had sustained them through their darkest days, became the building block of re-creating a Torah life - wherever they could.  For example, the communities of the Chassidic dynasties such as Sanz, Bobov, Satmar and the Torah institutions and communities of Ponevich, Mir, Telze, just to name a few.

    The antisemitism by local Europeans continued even after World War II, especially among the Poles. There were pogroms and Jews were killed, often by people they knew. Emigration to other non-European countries was often not an option, as the quota system instituted against Jews before World War II was still in effect, even after the Holocaust. Only 1500 Jews per month were allowed by the British to enter Palestine, as England did not want to antagonize the Muslim world. The vast majority of survivors were classified as Displaced Persons and were placed in DP camps. Once again, they were living under armed guard, in poverty and unwanted. When U.S. representatives saw the situation in the DP camps, they pressed the British to let in 100,000 Jews to Palestine, to no avail. The American JDC and British JRC led the way in supplying these people with food, medicine and schools. 
    The sympathy for the Jews in general and for Zionism in particular grew markedly as a result of what the Jews suffered under the Nazis. The British ignoring their legal obligation under the terms of The Mandate illegally restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine. The political situation was reaching a breaking point. The British “occupiers” were unpopular to both the Arabs and Jews. The Jews were split as to how to deal with the British in Palestine. Some, led by David Ben Gurion and Chaim Weizman believed in negotiations and political pressure, while others led by Menachem Begin believed the only way to create the State was to fight for it – and drive the British out. 
    The route through and from Europe was treacherous for the Jewish refugees seeking to enter Palestine. Thousands braved the elements and made it to the shores of Palestine, only to see 62 of 63 immigrant ships be turned away by the British blockade. The most famous of these ships, the Exodus, created a standoff between its 4,500 Jewish survivors and the British.  Eventually the British sent the refugees back to France, and when the Jews refused to disembark they shipped back to the “death land” - Germany. The inhumanity of the action and the iron will of the survivors swayed world public opinion.
    In 1946, the British attempted to defeat any Jewish opposition by arresting 5000 Jews in Palestine, including the leaders of the Hagannah and the Jewish Agency. The Irgun reacted by bombing the headquarters of the British forces at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

    From 1945-1948, there was a groundswell of public support for the State of Israel by Jews world-wide, and in the United States in particular. Meanwhile, in Palestine, bombings and retaliatory murders are daily occurrences, as the British were unsuccessful at keeping the peace between Jew and Arabs. Eventually British Prime Minister Bevin decided that England would give up its rule over Palestine and handed the problem over to the United Nations to solve.
    At the same time, the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the Free World escalated.  Stalin closed the doors on Soviet emigration which prevented 3 million Jews from leaving.  Furthermore, with the official policy of atheism, being enforced, Jews were forbidden from practicing their religion. 
    UNSCOP, The United Nations Committee on Palestine, held hearings on September 1, 1947, to decide what course of action to recommend to the UN regarding Palestine.  Remarkably it was 50 years to the day (September 1, 1897) that Herzl wrote in his diary, “in 50 years, a Jewish State would be created.” 
    UNSCOP recommended to partition Palestine into two states - one Jewish and one Arab. This Partition Plan was rejected by all the Arab states.  The resolution was passed in the United Nations with a vote of 33-13.  Amazingly, both the United States and the Soviet Union supported the resolution, at the height of the Cold War. Russia believed that a Jewish state with many Socialist and Communist ideals would lead it eventually become part of the Soviet sphere of influence. This passing of the Partition Plan negatively affected over 1 million Sephardic Jews living in Arab lands, where the Muslims began turning against their Jewish citizens.

    Since there was no U.N. provision to implement the Partition Plan, the Jews and Arabs were let to resolve the conflict themselves.  Arab violence escalated and war quickly became the norm. By May of 1948, 1256 Jews, mostly civilians, had been killed by Arabs.  As the war for Jewish survival increased, thousands of local Palestinians fled to neighboring Arab countries – believing that when the Jews were defeated they would return home. 
    On May 14, 1948, the British officially left Palestine and on the same day, the State of Israel was immediately declared by David Ben Gurion, acting as its provisional Prime Minister. 
    America was the first country to officially recognize the new State of Israel - eleven minutes after it was declared. U.S. President Harry Truman signed the letter of recognition - despite the objections by The United States Secretary of State George Marshall and the entire State Department.
    Immediately after the declaration an all-out war broke out between the Jews and Arabs.  Seven Arab armies attacked the new Jewish State - but were not united both militarily and politically. For example, the Arab League was established in order to counter The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem’s ambition to secure domination of Arab Palestine.  At the same time, King Abdullah of Jordan wanted to merge Palestine with his kingdom. Eventually, the Arab forces began to lose the war. 
    As the war was raging the Jewish leadership begged the local Palestinian Arabs not to abandon their homes but the Arab leadership forbade the Arabs to return or live in areas under Jewish rule. 
    Unfortunately, in one form or anther, the war and battles that began in 1948 have continue to this day.
    How different the situation in the Middle East would have been today if the Arabs had opened their hearts to live in peace with their Jewish neighbors - and had accepted the UN Partition Plan, which so favorable to them. 

    Reviews - Faith & Fate Miracle of Israel - Double DVD Set

    Judy Siegel - Jerusalem Post (8/1/2009) wrote:
    Faith & Fate: The Miracle of Israel 1945-1948, a set of DVD (English, with 
    Hebrew and Russian subtitles) and interactive DVD-ROM resource guide in 
    English by Rabbi Berel Wein and the Destiny Foundation for Windows and Mac- Ages 13 through adult. 
    Price $50 or $120 for schools which includes a 180-page teacher's guide in English. 

    Rating: ***** (Five out of Five Stars) 

    If there is any one thing that could counter intermarriage and assimilation in the Diaspora and promote Zionist fervor everywhere, it is watching this DVD 
    on events leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. All Jewish schools and organizations, pro-Israel Christian groups and aliya institutions 
    should disseminate this program as widely as possible, and Israeli TV stations and Web sites should show it to increase Israelis' understanding of why 
    they deserve their homeland. 

    Integrating rare archival film of the historic era between 1945 and 1948, contemporary interviews of witnesses and discussions by Israeli and American
    historians with narration by educator and Jerusalem Post columnist Rabbi Berel Wein, the DVD brings tears to the eyes of viewers. The resource guide 
    fortifies the emotional reaction with its factual source material, while the teacher's guide provides solid historical background about events and personalities, 
    including lesson topics and questions for pupils. 

    World War II and the Holocaust are over, but survivors ­ Ashkenazim and Sephardim ­ who become displaced persons remain a target of pogroms; some
    in DP camps lose their belief in God and the future, while others are impelled by faith to risk everything to reach their homeland in Palestine. "The Jewish State 
    gives them something to look forward to; it gave them hope," says Israeli historian Prof. Anita Shapira. 

    The British use every means to prevent Jews from succeeding ­ sending them to Cyprus or even back to Europe. The absolute refusal of British officials to 
    allow entry to even a small number bolsters the survivors' determination to go and fight for a Jewish state. "The Arabs wanted all or nothing," notes Wein, 
    who continues that if their leaders had been willing to live and let live with the Jews, history and today¹s reality would have been much different. 

    Beyond the historical details, the faces and personal stories of the Jews are imprinted on the hearts of viewers. Faith & Fate, whose multimedia series is 
    due to cover the entire 20th century within three years, is a must for every Jewish and open-minded non-Jewish home.