The Dreyfus Affair and its Impact on Modern France: 1894-1940–CANCELLED
Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Mondays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Prud’homme, Ph.D., modern French history, UCD
Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young French artillery officer, was convicted of espionage and treason in 1894 and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island for allegedly passing military secrets to the Germans. Despite discovery of evidence proving his innocence, the French army refused Dreyfus a new trial for five years. When his case was reopened in 1900, he was again convicted. Professor Prud’homme will unravel the nasty web of anti-Semitism, army politics, and cultural warfare that delayed justice, a pardon and finally a full exoneration in 1906. The notorious “Dreyfus Affair” still brings to mind the agonies suppression of evidence and wrongful prosecution can inflict. Here’s a probing investigation of a scandal that rocked France for decades. Don’t miss this sobering look at it.
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 12:30 p.m.