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Alfred Dreyfus Praises St. Louis “y” for Honoring Memory of Emile Zola

November 3, 1926
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Captain Alfred Dreyfus expressed his appreciation of the action of the Y. M. H. A. and Y. W. H. A. of this city in unveiling a bronze bust of Emile Zola in the new Y. M. H. A.-Y. W. H. A. building. In a letter to E. G. Platt of the Y. M. H. A. Captain Dreyfus declared:

“You have had the admirable idea of having cast in bronze the bust of Emile Zola and to have it placed in a room of your association.

“Justice, for Zola, was the social expression of the Truth, which he always passionately loved, which he served until his death.

“From the day when he was convinced that justice and truth had been infringed, no force in the world could keep him silent. He cried ‘I accuse,’ in a superb letter, and he added: ‘Let my books and my reputation as a writer perish, rather than an innocent man!’

“You thus perpetuate among the members of your Association the memory of Emile Zola, as a just homage to the glory of the writer and the defender of justice and truth.”

The fund for the Emile Zola bust was raised by popular subscription. This is the first instance in America of a Jewish tribute to Zola. On the bust are the words, “The Truth is Mighty and Will Prevail,” and on the pedestal the inscription: “This Is a Memorial of Jewish Gratitude to a Noble Christian Champion of Truth.”


The ninth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration will be celebrated by the Zionist Organization on Saturday evening, November 6th, with a number of functions in different parts of the city. At all these functions appeals will be made for Zionist membership. The gatherings will be held in conjunction with “Zionist Organization Month” proclaimed by the Zionist Council of Greater New York.

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