Webinar “The Dreyfus affair: the political scandal that shook France”

Wed, Jun 29, 2022 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

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About this event

In December 1894, a 35-year-old French artillery officer of Jewish origin was convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans. What at first seemed like an open and closed affair turned out to be anything but cover-ups, denials, anti-Semitic actions and falsified documents by the French government and military created a political scandal that divided France into two ideologically. . On the one hand, the anti-Dreyfusards, opposed to the reopening of the trial, saw in the controversy an attempt by the enemies of the nation to discredit the army and to weaken France; on the other, the Dreyfusards, who demanded Captain Dreyfus’ exoneration, saw in it the principle of the freedom of the individual. How would this blockbuster court case end and how would it change all aspects of French public life? It’s time to explore one of France’s biggest political scandals like never before.

Join the New York Adventure Club as we uncover the full history and impact of the Dreyfus Affair, the wrongful 19th century indictment of Captain Alfred Dreyfus that turned into the greatest French scandal in the world. 20th century – and how the anti-Semitic and corrupt nature of the affair led to a wave of revolt and reform that transformed French society.

Led by Edith de Belleville – French licensed tourist guide, author and lawyer – our digital showcase of the Dreyfus Affair will include:

  • A insight into the origins of the scandalwhich began in December 1894 when Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason for communicating French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris
  • A discussion of public reaction to the French government when he ignored the exculpatory evidence concerning the case of Captain Dreyfus
  • A deep dive into the Complex miscarriage of justice and anti-Semitism in 19th century France and how “L’Affaire”, as it is known in French, became the symbol of modern injustice in the French-speaking world
  • how revered The French novelist Émile Zola became the first intellectual to oppose in the Dreyfus Affair – and how this action forever changed European politics
  • A glance one of the most famous front pages in the history of journalism — the January 13, 1898 edition of L’Aurore entitled “J’accuse! (J’accuse!) – who officially invented the scandal “The Affair”
  • The dramatic resolution of the Dreyfus Affairand how and why the now infamous pursuit of this Jewish officer continues to impact modern society today

Then we will have a Q&A session with Edith — all questions about the Dreyfus Affair are welcome and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you will have access to the full replay for a week!

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About Edith

Edith de Belleville is originally from Paris. She is a certified tourist guide, lawyer, author and qualified French teacher for foreigners. She has written a book on the Belles Rebelles de Paris (“Belles et Rebelles”, Éditions du 81) She is also a professor and teaches Jewish heritage in Paris at the Gustave Eiffel University (Marne-la-Vallée) She has just published a new book in English on his memoirs in Paris “Parisian life, adventures in the City of Light”. And she spends so much time at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay that it’s her second home.


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