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Roman Polanski’s Dreyfus

Why the filmmaker’s depiction of early-20th-century anti-Semitism in ‘J’accuse’ is, with reservations, ‘important and beautiful’

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The Religion of Liberal Democracy

How the Dreyfus affair inspired sociologist Émile Durkheim, who died 102 years ago today, to develop an original, provocative, and optimistic view of the French Republic and the rights-bearing individual

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America’s Albert Cohen Moment

Is the Greek-born Swiss Jewish author and diplomat a hapless romantic or a man with a message for our times?

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An Enemy of the People

Finkielkraut, attacked (and defended)

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Degas and the Dreyfus Affair

A portrait of the artist as an anti-Semite

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Heroes and Schoolteachers

Notes from the American Inferno: why educational institutions are the locus of our current cultural collapse and our best hope to be saved from it

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Extreme Diamonds: Paul Valéry and the Last Centennial of 1917

The French poet saw the coming collapse of civilization. A hundred years later, his ‘The Young Fate’ rings true anew.

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Proust and Dreyfus

In an excerpt from the newly translated Gaslight, by German writer Joachim Kalka, an examination of how the scandal that rocked France bled into European literature

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