This Day in Jewish History 1898: Emile Zola Is Convicted of Libel for Defending Dreyfus

No friend of Jews, Emile Zola was shocked into examining anti-Semitism by the farce of Dreyfus' conviction, but would die before seeing the Jewish officer exonerated.

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On February 23, 1898, Emile Zola was convicted of libel in a Parisian court, in connection with his dramatic article, headlined “J’accuse,” that appeared the preceding January 13 in the daily paper L’Aurore.