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The Jewish Journey: A History of the Jewish People in Britain (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Andrew Sachs
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4 Mar 2002 BBC Radio Collection
The Jewish Journey: 1000 Years of Jewish Life in Britain,

"This outstanding series" Peter Barnard, The Times

"A triumph for Radio 4" The Spectator

"A landmark series" Daily Mail

A personal journey back in time for Andrew Sachs as he discovers the extraordinary story of England's Jewish history, from medieval to modern times

In 1938 Andrew Sachs escaped as a child from Nazi Germany and was allowed to enter England as a refugee. Had Britain not let the Sachs family into the country it is unlikely that they would have survived the Holocaust. But Britain has been taking Jewish refugees for over 800 years, they are the oldest minority in the country. The first Jews came here in France with William the Conqueror shortly after 1066 and since then have been coming from Spain, Germany Poland and Russia in four waves of often controversial immigration.

Programme One: The Jews of Medieval England.
Programme Two: The Secret Jews of Tudor England.
Programme Three: How The Jews became Englishmen
Programme Four: The East End Years


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide (4 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563536195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563536192
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,907,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A triumph for Radio 4" -- The Spectator

"Andrew Sachs makes an enthusiastic presenter, curious but not didactic, in this impressive 4 part series" Patrick Donovan, -- The Sunday Times

"This outstanding series" Peter Barnard, -- The Times

"one of the great pleasures of this series is listening to the beautifully modulated voice of presenter Andrew Sachs" -- The Yorkshire Post

"the fruit of much research and of pains taken by the production company Martin Weitz Associates. Listen and remember" -- Daily Telegraph

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This superb BBC Radio 4 history of the Jews of England brilliantly re-creates in 4 half hour programmes the story of how the Jews came to Britain in four successive waves of immigration. With authentic and haunting Jewish music of the period.
The four programmes are:
1.The Medieval Jews of England (11th-13th century)
2.The Secret Jews of Tudor England (16th & 17th centuries)
3.How the Jews became Englishmen(18th & 19th centuries)
4.The East End Years (the 20th century)
*****Programme 1 reveals how in medieval times at the invitation of William the Conqueror Jews came over from Rouen in France to help boost trade. At first they flourished , but it was their differentness and their success as moneylenders which led to increasing persecution. England was the first country to introduce the "Jew Badge" and then finally expel the Jews in 1290. *****Highlights include: the discovery of a medieval mikva (ritual bath) and the story of the Jews incarcerated at the Tower of London.
*****Programme 2: The secret Jews of Tudor England reveals the secret synagogues in Elizabethan London and how Cromwell welcomed the Jews back into England. **Highlight: Diarist Samuel Pepys visit to the first synagogue in England.
*****Programme 3: How the Jews Became Englishmen is the story of the world's largest migration of Jews from Russia in response to the Czarist pogroms. **HIGHLIGHTS:the story of how the Rothschild banking family came to England to escape persecution in the Frankfurt Ghetto and how the founders of Marks and Spencer came to Britain and set up their first stall, their famous Penny Bazaar in a Leeds market place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jewish Journey by Andrew Sachs 13 Aug 2012
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Like most Americans, I first knew Andrew Sachs as the bumbling bellhop from Barcelona in the tv show Fawlty Towers. It wasn't until later that I found out that he was Jewish, and had done some kind of documentary on English Jews. I love both the English and the Jews, so I found it on Amazon. It's awesome! I learned much I didn't know. For starters, not only is Andrew Sachs Jewish, he and his family actually fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, from no less a place than Berlin -- the very lion's den itself. I also didn't know that it was none other than William the Conqueror who invited the Jews into England, from his old stomping grounds in France, and that England has the oldest known mikvah bath in all of Europe, in Bristol. There was also a few things I already knew, like the fact that Edward 1 was the one who expelled the Jews in the 13th century, and that England had had a Jewish prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli. But all in all, this four part series was very informative and very well done. I enjoyed listenning to it thoroughly. True, it was only available in cassette tape, but I didn't mind that at all. I still use cassettes, too. Definitely a worthwhile investment. I liked it.
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