Title: To Live Out Loud
Author: Paulette Mahurin
An innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on a desolate island. The news that could exonerate him was leaked to the press, but was suppressed by the military. Anyone who sought to reopen the Dreyfus court-martial became victimized and persecuted and was considered an enemy of the state.
Emile Zola, a popular journalist determined to bring the truth to light, undertook the challenge to publicly expose the facts surrounding the military cover-up. This is the story of Zola’s battle to help Alfred Dreyfus reclaim his freedom and clear his name. Up against anti-Semitism, military resistance, and opposition from the Church in France, Zola committed his life to fighting for justice. But was it worth all the costs to him, to those around him, and to France?
I’m not much of a history buff, but I always find Miss Mahurin’s stories to be powerful and hard to put down.
To Live Out Loud is no different. It’s focused around the writer Emile Zola and the role that his work played in the Dreyfus affair in the late 1800’s. This was a dark period with lots of anti-Semitism. The account of the way this writer put his life on the line to try and save Dreyfus was compelling. And the effect that it had on modern-day France, even more so.
This is a beautiful story of standing up for what is right in a sea of wrong. It’s the perfect story for the world that we live in now, and I applaud the author for bringing this piece of history out into the open for people like me to discover.