Text of “J’accuse” (“I am impeaching”) by Émile Zola, published in the newspaper “L’Aurore” (“Dawn”) on 13 Jan. 1898

“I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness.  My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul.  Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the inquiry take place in broad daylight!  I am waiting. 

With my deepest respect, Sir. 

Émile Zola, 13th January 1898”


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