In 1986 Jacques Chirac, then mayor of Paris, designated a building that once served as a luxurious private hotel for a museum dedicated to French Judaism. As early as 1948, there was an active museum in Paris dedicated to Jewish art. Many of its collections were transferred to the new museum.
In the 19th century, three floors were added to the building that housed the museum, which were later removed in future renovations. Then they divided it into small apartments where Jewish families from Poland, Romania, and the Ukraine were housed. During the Nazi occupation, the Paris police deported them to the Drancy concentration camp, from which they were transported to extermination. 13 of the residents of the house did not return, and the museum now remembers and mentions them.
From the top of the building to the ground is the installation of Christian Boltanski, known as the "Inhabitants of the Hotel St.-Anien, 1939." This work records the names of the inhabitants of the house, whose commemoration was reconstructed in the form of mourning notices used in Eastern Europe. Sometimes, in addition to the name, the place of birth and profession are also listed, such as marking the tragic amputation of an untold story.
The museum has a large library that focuses on Judaism and the history of the Jewish people in Europe and in Israel.
After the conviction and imprisonment, there were quite a few people who tried to prove Dreyfus's innocence. The French public was deeply interested in the affair and even divided into two rival camps. With the accumulation of many suspicions about the falsification of evidence, a retrial of Dreyfus was held on August 8, 1899. In view of the harsh conditions in the prison, his physical and mental condition was already difficult and he was again found guilty. Due to "mitigating circumstances," was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ten days later, he received a pardon from President Emil Luba and was released from prison.
It was only in 1906 that the court acquitted him of all charges and cleared his name, finally Dreyfus returned to the army as a major.