Chromolithographed board game on paper produced after the famous story by Zola was published in the Paris newspaper, L'Aurore in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, in the style of the Game of the Goose, with the 63 gameboard spaces occupied by personalities and events related to the Affair, the geese replaced by "Wells of Truth" with a nude woman. Some toning and mild staining or soiling, some slight marginal losses, most repaired, and some repaired closed tears, overall very good. Sheet size approximately 24 x 18-1/4 inches. Loose as issued. Paris (Imprimerie Charaire) n.d. (circa 1898).
The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal that divided the Third French Republic from 1894 until its resolution in 1906, with the pro-Army primarily Catholic "anti-Dreyfusards" on one side and the pro-republican Dreyfusards on the other. It remains today one of the most notable examples of wrongful conviction, with notable influence coming from the press and public opinion. In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly communicating French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. In 1896, evidence came to light identifying a different French Army officer, Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterházy, as the true culprit. High-ranking officers suppressed the evidence, and Esterházy was acquitted. Dreyfus was instead accused of additional charges based on falsified documents. Word of the cover-up spread, mainly owing to Zola's story in L'Aurore, and activists subsequently put pressure on the government to reopen the case. Finally, in 1906, Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated as a major in the French Army. Scarce; as of July 2019, WorldCat locates three holdings of this game in North American libraries. Book ID: 50058