If you’re buying Paulette’s book merely for the dog-charity aspect – read this blog post to see that you are getting a good quality book. Thanks Paulette for your generous mind. Five enthusiastic woofs from our Labradoodles!
This is an extremely compelling fictionalization of the story of convicted French spy/traitor, Alfred Dreyfus (Jan. 1895), and the part in his exoneration played by French author/journalist, Émile Zola. Dreyfus, a French Jew, had climbed up in the military at a time when anti-semitic feelings were running high. Despite the fact that France had passed a Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 which guaranteed freedom of religion, the Catholic church, some newspapers, and definitely, the military establishment, saw the Jews as a threat to French security and the Catholic religion. When a document was uncovered revealing that someone highly placed was passing information to the German embassy, army intelligence leaped to the assumption that Dreyfus was guilty because he was a Jew. Émile Zola was present when
Dreyfus was paraded out into the courtyard of the École Militaire on the Champ de Mars…
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