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