'The Dreyfus Affair: The Political Scandal That Rocked France' Webinar

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'The Dreyfus Affair: The Political Scandal That Rocked France' Webinar

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In December of 1894, a 35-year-old French artillery officer of Jewish descent was convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans. What at first seemed like an open-and-shut case turned out to be anything but — cover-ups, denials, anti-semitic actions, and forged documents by the French government and Army created a political scandal that split France down the middle ideologically. On one side were the anti-Dreyfusards, who were against reopening the case, viewed the controversy as an attempt by the nation’s enemies to discredit the army and weaken France; on the other, The Dreyfusards, who sought the exoneration of Captain Dreyfus, saw the issue as the principle of the freedom of the individual. How would this blockbuster legal case end and how would it change all aspects of French public life? It's time to explore one of France's greatest political scandals like never before.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the full story and impact of The Dreyfus Affair, the 19th century wrongful inditement of Captain Alfred Dreyfus that turned into France's greatest scandal of the 20th century — and how the case's anti-semitic and corruptive nature led to a wave of revolt and reforms that transformed French society.

Led by Edith de Belleville — French licensed tour guide, author, and attorney-at-law — our digital showcase of The Dreyfus Affair will include:

  • An overview of the scandals origins, which began in December 1894 when Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason for communicating French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris
  • A discussion of the public's reaction to the French government when it ignored exonerating evidence regarding Captain Dreyfus's case
  • A deep dive into the complex miscarriage of justice and antisemitism in 19th century France and how "L'Affaire," as it's known in French, has come to symbolize modern injustice in the Francophone world
  • How revered French novelist Émile Zola became the first intellectual to voice opposition in the Dreyfus Affair — and how that action forever changed European politics
  • A look at one of the most famous front pages in the history of journalism — the January 13, 1898 edition of L'Aurore titled “J’accuse!” (I accuse!) — which officially coined the scandal "The Affair"
  • The dramatic resolution to The Dreyfus Affair, and how and why the now infamous prosecution of this Jewish officer continues to impact modern society today

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Edith — any and all questions about The Dreyfus Affair are welcomed and encouraged!

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About Edith

Edith de Belleville is a native Parisian woman. She is a licensed tour guide, lawyer, author and a qualified French teacher for foreigners. She wrote a book about Beautiful Rebels of Paris in French ("Belles et Rebelles" , Éditions du 81) She is also a professor and teaches the Jewish heritage in Paris at Gustave Eiffel University (Marne-la-Vallée) She just published a new book in English about her memoirs in Paris "Parisian Life, adventures in the City of Light." And she spends so much time at Le Louvre and Orsay Museum that it's her second home.


"Very much enjoyed this presentation. Look forward to her next one..! Providing the context of the times (e.g. artists, newspapers and the laws it lack of laws around libel) was very helpful." -Pam

"Interesting content. The presenter is enthusiastic to share the information." -Welton

"I have heard of this Dreyfus affair but never knew really what it was. In her precision and multifaceted style of explaining important matters, Edith again told the story. Indeed it was fascinating and had many many layers. I also find it sadly, very relevant to our current social and political situation today. We need some heroes very badly as were in the Dreyfus Affair. I like that she is a lawyer who also loves the arts very clearly as well as social history. She is a unique presenter and I will look forward to future webinars that I’ve not already seen by Edith. Thank you Edith!" -Sharon

"Well thought out presentation with good visuals" -Leon

"The presenter Edith Belleville is delightful and very knowledgeable about the topic of discussion. I always learn something. I have been signing up for lectures just because I enjoy her. LOL." -Ana

"Compelling substance; knowledgeable presenter" -Iris


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