Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels

Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French
Chair, Department of French
Yale University



Dress Rehearsal for Dreyfus: The Duchesse de Berry, Simon Deutz, and France’s First Antisemitic Affaire

In 1832, the Duchesse de Berry fought a guerrilla war against the July Monarchy in the hope of recapturing the throne for her 12-year-old son. Her dream of another Bourbon restoration was dashed, however, by a Jewish convert named Simon Deutz. After becoming the duchess’s confidant and emissary, he betrayed her to the government, leading to her arrest and imprisonment.