More

Events

Emile Zola published his open letter (J’accuse) in Paris (1898)

When: June 13, 2019
Summary: The French writer Emile Zola penned a newspaper article in 1898 in which he called out his government for its mishandling of the Dreyfus Affair, a notorious anti-Semitic incident in France.

Details

The French writer Emile Zola penned a newspaper article in 1898 in which he called out his government for its mishandling of the Dreyfus Affair, a notorious anti-Semitic incident in France in which a French Jewish army captain was falsely convicted of spying for Germany. The article, entitled “J'Accuse!” (I accuse!), served as a wake-up call for people to see the blatant anti-Semitism that was masquerading as a military trial. The dreyfus case would be one of the many situations that led Herzl to think about Zionism.