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Alfred Dreyfus
Birth: Oct. 9, 1859
Mulhouse
Departement du Haut-Rhin
Alsace, France
Death: Jul. 12, 1935
Paris
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France

French Army Officer. Born in Mulhouse, Alsace, France, the youngest of seven children of a Jewish textile manufacturer, in 1877 he entered the École Polytechnique and graduated three years later to enter the military. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1885, four year later he made Captain and was appointed as adjutant to the director of the pyrotechnical school in Bourges. In 1891 he was admitted to the Superior War College and graduated ninth in his class. He was then designated as a trainee at army headquarters. In 1894 Captain Alfred Dreyfus was accused of selling military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. After a court martial oin January 1895 he was stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on the Devil's Island penal colony in the Carribean. In 1896 new evidenced surfaced that exonerated Captaib Dreyfus, however, the French military tried to suppress the information and failed. The issue polorized factions within French society. On the anti-Dreyfus side were royalists, anti-Semites, militarists and Roman Catholics; those defending Dreyfus were republicans, socialists and anti-clerics. Author Émile Zola opened the affair to the general public in the newspaper L'Aurore in a famous open letter to the President, titled "J'accuse!" (I Accuse!) in January 1898 and was sentenced to jail for criticizing the government. The factions in the Dreyfus affair remained in place for decades afterwards. In September 1899, a second trial was finally held, with the verdict was again treason, but the sentence reduced to ten years because of so-called extenuating circumstances. Dreyfus agreed not to appeal and was released. In 1904, he demanded a new investigation, and in 1906 the court of appeals pronounced his innocence. Captain Dreyfus was readmitted to the army, and made a knight in the Legion of Honor. He retired in October 1907, but was re-mobilized during World War I when he held assignments in the Paris and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1930 his innocence was reaffirmed by the publication of Schwartzkoppen's papers. When he died in Paris in 1935, his funeral cortege passed the Place de la Concorde through ranks of assembled troops. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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  Lucie Hadamard Dreyfus (1869 - 1945)*
 
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Burial:
Cimetière de Montparnasse
Paris
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France
Plot: Division 28
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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You were innocent and did not deserve what the French had done to you. No honorable man ought go through something that humiliating and dishonorable. Rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014

- TheMysterian
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014

- Bernard Johnson
 Added: Apr. 1, 2014
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