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.
Born in the Garment District of Paris, on April 9, 1872, into a family of five brothers of Alsatian Jewish origin, Blum came of age during the Alfred Dreyfus
Affair of the 1890s.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus
, French officer found guilty of selling military secrets, was sent to Devil's Island.
Harris's book reads like a thriller, beautifully placed amid the rich details of belle epoque France and rooted in the verifiable essential elements of the Dreyfus affair, which consumed France between 1894 and 1906 after Alfred Dreyfus
, a rare Jewish officer in the French army, was wrongly convicted of spying for the Germans and disgraced in a public ceremony.
Colonel) Georges Picquart, who played a minor role in the arrest of Captain Alfred Dreyfus
for espionage and treason.
Paris, 1895: an army officer, Georges Picquart, watches a convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus
exiled for life to Devil's Island.
In a witch hunt two decades later, the anti-Semitic General Staff falsely accused French officer Alfred Dreyfus
of trafficking secrets to the Germans, a high crime indeed; Dreyfus was convicted and sentenced to life on French Guiana's notorious Devil's Island.
Like the trial of Alfred Dreyfus
, a Jewish military officer wrongfully accused of treason in the late nineteenth century, Levy's experience and its erasure from mainstream historiography reveals how anti-Semitism can contaminate modern French political culture.
Citing the case of French Captain Alfred Dreyfus
, who was convicted of treason in 1894 and acquitted years later, Kylycdaroy-lu said, "It is another Dreyfus affair, taking place in 21st-century Turkey.
In the context of his times; Alfred Dreyfus
as lover, intellectual, poet, and Jew.