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

‘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.

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

historical newspaper report on alfred dreyfus
Gloucester Citizen | 7 January 1895


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


historical newspaper report on alfred dreyfus
The Graphic | 12 January 1895



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