Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Anniversary of "J'Accuse"

On this day in 1898, Émile Zola published his famous "J'Accuse" letter to the President of France, Félix Faure, attacking the court-martial conviction of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus and accusing the government of antisemitism. Zola was convicted of libel the next month and fled to England. Dreyfus was later cleared and promoted to Major, but not before he had served years of confinement at the dreaded Devil's Island penal colony.

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