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Folio with 32 caricatures of Emile Zola

Publication | Accession Number: 2016.184.219

Album of color caricatures of Emile Zola by H. Lebourgeois. The scenes place Zola in the predicaments explored in his writings, such as the novels Germinal and Nana, or involved in the causes about which he was passionate, such as the unjust court martial for treason of a Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus. The Dreyfus Affair was used by politicians and the press as evidence of the disloyalty and treachery of all Jews. Zola wrote a public letter to protest the verdict, titled J'Accuse, in which he accused the French Army of covering up this prejudiced conviction. Zola was charged with libel and the Dreyfus Affair became a national political crisis. An Army intelligence officer was found to have forged the document proving Dreyfus's guilt. But in a second trial, the Army again convicted him. Dreyfus was pardoned by the president to end the crisis. The caricatures are one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Title
Zola: 32 caricatures de Lebourgeois
Date
1898  (publication)
Geography
publication : Paris (France)
Language
French
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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