Opening October 2013
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is collaborating with the University of Pennsylvania’s Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair on a new exhibition on this famous case of anti-Semitism and justice denied.
In 1894, a false charge of treason sanctioned by the government of France and promoted viciously by the country’s anti-Semitic media sent a Jewish army officer named Alfred Dreyfus to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island. The case divided French society, sowed the seeds of future wars and ultimately inspired the birth of the modern Zionist movement. It also raised a question still relevant today: In a republic established on the precepts of liberty and equality, why was it so easy to engineer a brazen travesty of justice in the name of national security?
Check back soon for more details on this thought provoking exhibition.