Postcards From the Dreyfus Affair

Opinions about Alfred Dreyfus--and modern anti-Semitism--were expressed through the new print media of the day.

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The End of the Affair

Visual materials played an influential role in the Dreyfus Affair, playing no minor part in the final victory with Dreyfus' acquittal, reinstatement in 1906, and promotion.

However, decades after the Affair ended, France--and particularly its army--still could not acknowledge Dreyfus' innocence and honor him accordingly. Military and political oppositions prevented a street from being named after the Captain, lobbied for a statue of Dreyfus to be placed away from the Military Academy, and some historians continued writing, "Dreyfus' innocence was the generally accepted version of the Affair."

One had to wait until the 100th anniversary of the Affair's commencement to see Dreyfus' statue set up in the Tuileries Garden in Paris, see a square named after him, and witness official support for exhibitions, publications, and performances remembering this episode of French history. Today, visual materials relating to the Dreyfus Affair are popular again--in museums, elegant publications, and private collections.

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Brigitte Sion

Brigitte Sion is an expert on post-Holocaust memory, most notably memorials and monuments, commemorative practices, restitution and compensation. Her expertise also includes the history of Anti-Semitism. She is the former director of the Committee against Anti-Semitism (CICAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.