Persecution Through Prosecution: Alfred Dreyfus, Leo Frank and The Infernal Machine

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Paris, France
-- July 5 - 7 , 2011

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Explore the various facets of these two historic cases with a special focus on the legal, political, religious, and social issues of the Dreyfus case – along with a close examination of the legacy of the Dreyfus Affair.
See how hatred born by anti-Semitism can undermine the law turning it into an instrument of persecution - mocking due process and justice – threatening the political balance of an entire country.
Look at Emile Zola’s “J’Accuse” denouncing the wrongful conviction of Alfred Dreyfus and how a powerful press can shape world opinion responsibly or fan the flames of hatred and prejudice.
Examine the role of Theodore Herzl and how the Dreyfus Affair helped to shape his views on the need for a Jewish nation.



  • Ecole Militaire – site of Dreyfus’ Public Degradation in 1895 and the 105th Anniversary of his Reinstatement in 1906.
  • Palais de Justice on the Ile de Cite – site of several Dreyfus related trials and appeals.
  • Museum of Art and History of Judaism – in the historic Marais District and a major center for the Paris Jewish community.
  • The Luxembourg Palace (French Senate) – in the 6th arrondissement - surrounded by the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens.

Conference Co-Sponsored by:
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF)

Special Note:
The Conference is proud to have received the High Patronage of France's President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Special Underwriting Sponsors:
Fuchsberg Family Foundation
Lawrence Newman/F. Jackson Fund
Joan and Sol Wachtler 
Leonard Litwin
Ira and Barbara Salzman
Fred and Judith A. Wilpon
Donald Zucker 
Stanley and Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund
The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Fund
Charles Dimson
The Herman Goldman Foundation
Roger Tilles
Steve Zelkowitz 
Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation
Conference Co-Chairs:
Howard A. Glickstein, Dean Emeritus, Touro Law Center
The Honorable Sol Wachtler, Former Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals

Conference Organizing Committee:
Eric Atlan
Professor Rodger Citron
Berti Dichi
Professor Vincent Duclert
Marc Fredericksen
Eve Gani
Brett Gilbert
Barbara Hakimi
Geraldine Lamamy
Damien Milcent
Dean Lawrence Raful
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen
Aurore Salmon
Assistant Dean Linda Howard Weissman
The Conference Co-Chairs wish to thank Dean Weissman and Professor Citron for their diligence in developing the program and organizing the conference.
Special Thanks To:
Ecole Militaire
Linda Baurle
Lorraine Beitler
Bernard Cahen
Cristal Events
Professor Ruth Harris
Anne Hélène Hoog
Lisa Kasay
Marie Litwin
The Luxembourg Palace (French Senate)
Beth Mobley
Museum of Art and History of Judaism
Kim Newman
Palais de Justice on the Ile de Cite
Dr. Richard Prasquer
Dean Lawrence Raful
Richard Weisberg
Peter Zablotsky
Ambassador Francois Zimeray