“The Truth Is on the March, and Nothing Shall Stop It”

J'accuse by Emile Zola

French army officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island on this date in 1895. Almost three years to the date later, French writer Emile Zola risks his career by publishing his open letter “J’accuse,” in which he accuses the French president of anti-Semitism and obstruction of justice in Dreyfus’s case. Zola was convicted of criminal libel and spent several months in exile in London. He said, “The truth is on the march, and nothing shall stop it.” Dreyfus was eventually pardoned.

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