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Antisemitism and the Dreyfus Affair The Semite is money-grubbing greedy scheming subtle sly the Aryan is enthusiastic heroic chivalrous disinterested frank trustful to the point of naivet The Semite is an earth-dweller scarcely seeing beyond his present life the Aryan in a son of the sky ceaselessly preoccupied with superior aspirations The one lives in reality the other in the ideal The Semite is by instinct a merchant He has a vocation for trade a genius for all matters of exchange for everything giving an opportunity to deceive his fellow man The Aryan is a farmer poet monk and especially soldier war is his true element he goes to meet danger joyously he braves deathIn sum all which is for man an excursion into unknown regions an effort to enlarge the terrestrial domain is absolutely beyond the Semite and especially the Jewish Semite He can live only as a parasite in the middle of a civilization that he has not made This was an extreme but not uncommon view in France around the time the Dreyfus affair broke out It was taken out of on of the best-selling most widely read books of nineteenth-century France La France juive These sentiments brought along by the Franco-Prussian war and immigration were what caused the Dreyfus Affair to be such a controversy There was a marked increase in nationalism an unprecedented love of and interest in the Army and an anti-Semitic revival If Dreyfus had not been a Jew in the army the Affair would have been no more than a minor controversy as many cases after him were He also might not have been convicted Anti-Semitism along with chance was the main reason Dreyfus was arrested Alfred Dreyfus was born in Mulhouse on October 9 1859 to a family of Alsatian Jews As a result of the Franco-Prussian War the territories of both Alsace and Lorraine became under the control of Germany and for a
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