In November, 1917, the British government made a pledge tothe Jewish people through the Balfour Declaration to helpestablish a Jewish National Homeland in the territory thenknown as Palestine. After World War I ended, the League ofNations awarded Britain the Mandate for Palestine with theproviso that the Balfour Declaration was implemented alongwith 'close Jewish settlement in the Land.' As difficultiesarose, Britain gradually watered down her originalcommitment until the MacDonald White Paper of 1939 virtuallyclosed the borders of Palestine to Jewish immigration. TheForsaken Promise documents the failure of Britain and herappointed institutions and officials, whether military,administrative or political, to fulfill her pledge under theBalfour Declaration and her legal obligations under theMandate. It highlights a number of tragic events that tookplace during that period, mainly through the testimonies ofpeople who were victims of those events, participant inthem, or eye-witnessed to them. They speak of Britain'spolitical expediency and even treachery towards the Jewishpeople in appeasing the militant Arab nationalist movement,as well as causing the wholesale misery of many thousands ofJewish people who were turned away from the shores ofPalestine in the 1930s and 40s. Through the 1939 WhitePaper, the British government also made inevitable thedeaths of an untold number of Jews who could have escapedHitler's Final Solution, had they been able to find refugein their ancient homeland. Here is an excellent resource,thoroughly researched and documented and beautifullyproduced that sets fourth the perspective of many Israelison the historical grievances and current tensions in theHoly Land. Part 1: 'The Forsaken Promise, the Forsaken Jews'- 1 hour Part 2: 'The End of the Mandate, the End of theEmpire' - 1 hour Abridged Version: Contains highlights fromboth episodes - 44 minutes WARNING! This film containsimages from the Holocaust and other atrocities which someviewers may find distressing. Not suitable for youngchildren.