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The Dreyfus Affair:  What Really Happened?

Ralph Nurnberger
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Course Description

On January 5, 1895, a shocking spectacle took place in the courtyard of the Parisian Ecole Militaire. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer who had been court-martialed for allegedly passing military secrets to the Germans, was publicly humiliated, degraded and denounced in front of crowds shouting “Death to the traitor!” and “Death to the Jew!” Dreyfus was subsequently transported to Devil’s Island off the coast of Guyana to serve his sentence of life imprisonment. Was Dreyfus guilty, or was this a miscarriage of justice? If he was truly innocent, then who was the actual traitor? Why did the case lead to murders, suicides, assassination attempts, and riots in the streets? How did this case contribute to massive Antisemitism and significant polarization in French society? What new evidence has come out since the trial of Dreyfus? Will we ever know the “truth?"

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.

Upcoming programs presented by Ralph Nurnberger.

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One-Time FPL12082 Ralph Nurnberger The Dreyfus Affair:  What Really Happened?
Wednesday, December 8: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Thursday, December 9: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm