1894: Alfred Dreyfus
, French officer found guilty of selling military secrets, was sent to Devil's Island.
Captain Alfred Dreyfus
, the Jewish officer falsely accused of treason in 1894, was such a polarizing figure in France because his opponents saw him as symbol of national decadence, of a nation whose sacred identity was being diluted by alien blood.
Since European anti-Semitism is the focus of the work overall (there's even one ominous warning from Amile Zola about where all this bigotry is headed), this moment seems to say, "We told you so," as video-projected text goes more into detail about the 1940s, years after Alfred Dreyfus
himself had died.
For those not too familiar with the case, Alfred Dreyfus
was a French Army captain of Jewish origin who in a time of rising antisemitism in France, was convicted for the crime of passing military secrets to the Germans.
, a French Jewish army captain, was wrongly convicted of espionage and treason in 1894.
A French municipality has honored the persecuted Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus
with a statue.
Primeras figuras en el Nouveau Grand Cirque y el Folies-Bergere, como bien lo describe el historiador Gerard Noiriel, Footit e Chocolat fueron pintados por Toulouse-Lautrec y filmados por los hermanos Lumiere, y su gran exito se empezaria a ver opacado por las implicaciones raciales tras el escandaloso juicio del capitan judio Alfred Dreyfus
Fifty years later, France was torn apart by the prosecution of army captain Alfred Dreyfus
Yet as Proust shows in the case of Jewish French citizens, the majority does not really live up to its end of the bargain: the Jewishness of the Jews, though it may go undiscussed, is often on the minds of the non-Jewish majority, and in the case of those erroneously persuaded of the guilt of the Jewish military officer Alfred Dreyfus
, Jewishness is a source of suspicion.
ZAC Val de Seine, 1 rue du Capitaine Alfred Dreyfus
Off which continent is Devil's Island, where Captain Alfred Dreyfus
, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank.