Jerusalem Report

The Dreyfus exhibit

Over a century later, the Dreyfus affair continues to hold lessons about justice, racism, human rights and the role of the media.

Yaël Perl-Ruiz, Alfred Dreyfus' great grand-daughter
Photo by: COURTESY BEIT HATFUTSOT MUSEUM / THE DREYFUS FAMILY
 FOR 38 YEARS the three boxes containing original letters and artifacts of Alfred Dreyfus collected dust in relative obscurity in a storage room of the National Library in Jerusalem, ensconced on the third shelf from the bottom among hundreds of boxes that fill the room. Despite distinguished neighbors such as archives of German-Jewish poet Else Lasker-Schuler to the right and Gershom Scholem and Martin Buber just behind, the Dreyfus material was rarely touched.

Dr. Betty Halpern-Guedj, the French expert at the National Library, happened upon the collection.



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