On December 22, 1894, Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason in France. This becomes the beginning of what will be known of the Dreyfus Affair. Dreyfus was sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island in French Guiana for allegedly communicating French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. Evidence eventually pointed to a French Army major named Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy as the real traitor. However, military officials suppressed this evidence and a military court acquitted Esterhazy. The Army then accused Dreyfus with additional charges based on falsified documents. The attempted cover-up was revealed, especially thanks to Émile Zola penning an open letter in January 1898 in Paris titled, “J’Accuse…!” Alfred Dreyfus was eventually freed.

Book Title: An Officer and a Spy

Book Author: Harris, Robert

Dewey Decimal Call Number: FIC HAR

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