A letter written by Alfred Dreyfus, a French-Jewish soldier who was wrongfully convicted of spying, is expected to fetch at least $130,000 at an auction in Paris.
Polish director Roman Polanski’s next film will be a political thriller based on the Dreyfus Affair.
The so-called Dreyfus Affair was one of the flashpoints of modern history, an event that cast an ominous shadow over the fate of European Jewry and, not incidentally, motivated Theodor Herzl, who covered the trial as a journalist, in his creation of Zionism — if a Jew could be victimized in France, the birthplace of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity,” where in the world were the Jews truly safe from anti-Semitism?
Few, other than historians of the period, will recognize July 12 as a date of any significance in the annals of European anti-Semitism.
Many modern forms of anti-Semitism, not least the Dreyfus Affair, can be seen as a reaction to the emancipation of the Jews in Western and Central Europe following the French Revolution, according to Dr. Michael Berenbaum.