Dress Rehearsal for Dreyfus
Maurice Samuels, Yale University
March 26, 2018 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm · 106 McCormick
Program in European Cultural Studies and Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Memorial Fund in the Humanities Council
“The Duchesse de Berry, Simon Deutz, and Modern France’s First Antisemitic Affair”
In 1832, the Duchesse de Berry launched a civil war to recapture the French throne for her 11-year-old son. She was turned into the government by her trusted confidant, a convert from Judaism named Simon Deutz. Maurice Samuels (Yale) gives a talk which argues that the “affair” that resulted from the arrest of the duchess set the tone for a century of French antisemitism that followed.