Alfred Dreyfus – Degraded and Sentenced to Life Imprisonment on “Devil’s Island”, 5 January 1895

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Tell all France that I am innocent’ – Alfred Dreyfus

In Paris on 5 January 1895, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was stripped of his army rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on “Devil’s Island”.

Here is a newspaper story published on 7 January 1895 entitled, ‘The Degradation of Dreyfus’, that reports on the utterly humiliating ceremony at the Ecole Militaire to strip Dreyfus of his rank and dignity.

We’ve also included below a superb illustration of a front cover from ‘The Graphic’ newspaper of this historic moment.

The words that Dreyfus shouts immediately after the degradation ceremony are very poignant, moving and truthful.

historical newspaper report on alfred dreyfus

Gloucester Citizen – Monday 7 January 1895

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000325/18950107/006/0003

historical newspaper report on alfred dreyfus

The Graphic – Saturday 12 January 1895

Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18950112/002/0003

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