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