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Alfred Dreyfus was a French army officer who was wrongly convicted of treason based primarily on anti-semitism. The scandal was known as the Dreyfus Affair.
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Alfred Dreyfus was on born October 9, 1859 in Mulhouse, France. The son of a wealthy Jewish manufacturer, he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the army. Accused of selling military secrets, Dreyfus was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was convicted through poor evidence and antisemitism. French writers came to his defense and he was eventually vindicated after many years. He died in 1935.
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