Weekday Scholar: The Dreyfus Affair

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Alfred DreyfusThe Dreyfus Affair

In 1894, the French Secret Service uncovered evidence that someone was secretly providing highly confidential military information to France’s main enemy, Germany. The only question was, who was the traitor?

A Jewish captain by the name of Alfred Dreyfus was arrested, unanimously convicted by a military court, publicly degraded, and sentenced to life imprisonment on an otherwise deserted island off the coast of South America.

Was Dreyfus guilty or the victim of a miscarriage of justice? If Dreyfus was innocent, then who was the actual traitor? What new information came out after Dreyfus was convicted? Why did this case lead to street protests, murder attempts, duels, and likely suicides?

Over a hundred years later, the case continues to resonate.

Historian Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. 

Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm
Facilitator: Ralph Nurberger,  Ph.D.

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