Dress Rehearsal for Dreyfus: the Duchesse de Berry, Simon Deutz, and Modern France’s First Antisemitic Affair
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
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. This talk argues that the “affair” that resulted from the arrest of the duchess set the tone for a century of French antisemitism that followed.