Imagine the scene. It is 100 years ago, Monday, Oct. 15, 1894, in Paris, France. The Dreyfus case -- the most notorious frameup of the 19th century, one of the most incredible episodes in criminal jurisprudence, and an important chapter in the history of antisemitism -- is about to commence. It is 8 in the morning. Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, a 35-year old Jewish officer in the French army, is kissing his wife and two children goodbye in their apartment on Avenue du Trocadero (now Avenue du President Wilson) and about to begin the half-hour walk to army headquarters on Rue St. Dominique, where he is due to report at 9:00 a.m. As Dreyfus exits his apartment, neither he nor his family realizes that he is heading towards disaster, that it will be nearly five years before he returns home again.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "Dreyfus Case Began Century Ago" (1994). Popular Media. Paper 28.