Dreyfus' only defense was the pathetic if ineffectual, "I am innocent," and it was not until four years after the gross perversion of justice that the way was opened toward a rehabilitation of the now classic victim of anti-Semitic prejudice....|
The memory of the Dreyfus affair has now been revived, in reverse as it were, by the affair of the Ukrainian John Demjanjuk, who was sentenced on a charge of having been the commandant known as "Ivan the Terrible" of the Nazi extermination camp at Treblinka. He was sentenced to death by the Jerusalem district court on 26 April 1988, after a trial lasting 14 months....
When the death sentence was passed, the Jewish Chronicle stated "that under Israeli law there is an automatic process of appeal ... likely to take several months, although not the 14 months that the trial lasted." In fact the appeal is now in its fifth year.