Grandson of Alfred Dreyfus Asks Not to Auction Off His Letter

A grandson of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French army captain wrongly accused of treason over a century ago, on Monday urged a private collector not to allow a letter penned by his grandfather to go under the hammer in Paris this week, AFP reports.

Written to the interior ministry in 1895, a month after Dreyfus was sentenced for treason, the letter is expected to fetch between 100,000 and 150,000 euros ($130,000 and $190,000) when it goes on auction at Sotheby’s on Wednesday.

The sale, however, does not have the support of the Dreyfus family, who say the letter should be donated to a museum or a library instead.

“We urge the seller of this letter to give up this sale,” Dreyfus’s grandson Charles Dreyfus and historian Vincent Duclert wrote in an open letter seen by AFP.


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