Dreyfus Affair
 Not as hot as it sounds
Captain Alfred Dreyfus
• French intelligence
  officer
• Jewish in an age of
  anti-semitism
• Accused of treason in
  pass...
Devil’s Island

           • Devil’s
             Island was a
             South
             American
             penal...
Questions of doubt
• Lt. Col. Piquart, new chief of Military
  Intelligence, doubted Dreyfus’ guilt
• Instead suspected Ma...
Emil Zola gets involved

              • Writes a blistering
                criticism of the
                establishmen...
New trial in 1898

• Esterhazy found innocent and
  Dreyfus’s guilt reinforced
• Major Henry (a friend of Esterhazy’s)
  w...
France Torn Asunder!


• Conservatives vs. Liberals
• Militarists vs. Arts Crowd
• Catholics vs. non-Catholics
• Patriots ...
Pardon Me?
• Pardoned by
  President Emile
  Loubet in 1899

• Massive public
  opinion pressure
  to pardon him,
  especi...
Fully exonerated!


• Found innocent in 1906
• Reinstated to military rank
• Given the Legion of Honor
• Served in WWI
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  • Euro dreyfus

    1. 1. Dreyfus Affair Not as hot as it sounds
    2. 2. Captain Alfred Dreyfus • French intelligence officer • Jewish in an age of anti-semitism • Accused of treason in passing on artillery secrets to Germans in 1894
    3. 3. Devil’s Island • Devil’s Island was a South American penal colony • Dreyfus has a life sentence of hard Labor
    4. 4. Questions of doubt • Lt. Col. Piquart, new chief of Military Intelligence, doubted Dreyfus’ guilt • Instead suspected Major Ferdinand Esterhazy • When Piquart refused to keep quiet, his career was ruined by being stationed in disease-filled colonial backwaters
    5. 5. Emil Zola gets involved • Writes a blistering criticism of the establishment • Accuses the government of being in league with the military and church in anti-semitism and anti-liberalism
    6. 6. New trial in 1898 • Esterhazy found innocent and Dreyfus’s guilt reinforced • Major Henry (a friend of Esterhazy’s) was shown to have forged documents incriminating Dreyfus but this information was supressed at the trial
    7. 7. France Torn Asunder! • Conservatives vs. Liberals • Militarists vs. Arts Crowd • Catholics vs. non-Catholics • Patriots vs. Free-thinkers
    8. 8. Pardon Me? • Pardoned by President Emile Loubet in 1899 • Massive public opinion pressure to pardon him, especially from Zola’s supporters
    9. 9. Fully exonerated! • Found innocent in 1906 • Reinstated to military rank • Given the Legion of Honor • Served in WWI
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