The Prisoner and the Writer

Camlot, H.
This engaging story outlines the experiences in 19th century France of Alfred Dreyfus, imprisoned on Devil’s Island after being accused of leaking documents to Germany, and of writer Emile Zola, who risks his career and imprisonment to fight for Dreyfus’ freedom with his famous “J’Accuse” letter that states Dreyfus’ only crime is being Jewish. Suitable to launch discussion of ethical dilemmas, moral decision-making, media influence on public opinion and perception, anti-Semitism, discrimination, prejudice, resilience, and taking a stand against injustice, betrayal, and oppression. Note: Sensitive topics may be emotionally challenging or uncomfortable for some students; educator guided support recommended.
Arts Education
  • 4-7

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