SOZ Adult Education Lecture Series III: What was the Dreyfus Affair?
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About The Event
When Alfred Dreyfus was arrested for espionage in 1894, few in France or around the world could have imagined the case would malinger for a bitter 12 years. It would also set the stage for many events that would engulf the world – Jewish and non-Jewish – over the course of the 20th century as the Affaire Dreyfus unleashed a tidal wave of anti-Semitic rhetoric and visual imagery the intensity of which had previously been unknown. Many individuals would sense the need to become philosemitic, to stand with Dreyfus and the Jews, and for Viennese journalist Theodore Herzel to recognize the necessity to establish a Jewish State. This illustrated lecture will explore these and other pressing issues born of the Affair.