January 13 1842 – Dr. William Brydon, Survivor of the Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army, Reaches Jalalabad

January 13 1842 – Dr. William Brydon, Survivor of the Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army, Reaches JalalabadRate this post In the midst of the First Anglo-Afghan War, residents of Kabul — the modern capital of Afghanistan — rose up against the British colonial government late in 1841. When General William Elphinstone failed to bring the military advantages of his professional army to bear on the rebels under Akbar Khan, a single man was able to escape to rejoin his compatriots at Jalalabad on January 13, 1842. The arrival of Dr. William Brydon, wounded and delirious, cemented the magnitude of the embarrassing defeat. The conflict began in 1838, when the Russians increasingly […]

January 13 1898 – J’accuse By Emile Zola Exposes The Anti-Semitism Behind The Dreyfus Affair in France

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January 13 1898 – J’accuse By Emile Zola Exposes The Anti-Semitism Behind The Dreyfus Affair in FranceRate this post On January 13, 1898, the famous French novelist Emile Zola published an article titled J’Accuse (I Accuse) in the newspaper L’Aurore (The Dawn) exposing the anti-Semitism in the Dreyfus Affair. J’Accuse was an open letter to the French president Félix Faure and uncovered the injustice and the perjuries involved in the court-martial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus – a French military officer accused of treason. The Dreyfus Affair was a sensational case that rocked the nation exhibiting the deep-rooted prejudices against Jews and Judaism in Europe long before the Nazi Party came […]