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Portfolio of 30 antisemitic caricatures about the Dreyfus Affair

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.549

Portfolio of 30 caricatures by Alpha on the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal revolving around antisemitism that inflamed France in the late 19th century. Alfred Dreyfus was an army captain found guilty of treason in 1894 for selling French military secrets. Antisemitic publications used Dreyfus as a symbol of the disloyalty of all French Jews. In 1896, another man was tried and acquitted of the same crime. Emile Zola wrote a letter to protest the verdict, titled "J'Accuse," in which he accused the French Army of covering up its unjust conviction of Dreyfus. Zola was charged with libel and the Dreyfus Affair grew into a national political crisis. An Army intelligence officer was found to have forged the document proving Dreyfus's guilt. But in a second trial, despite the confession of the traitor, the Army again convicted Dreyfus. The verdict was met with outrage around the world. Dreyfus was offered a pardon by the president to end the crisis, which he accepted. The portfolio is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Geography
creation : Paris (France)
Language
French
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:23
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