Dorothy Reeder, foreground, was director of the library in 1940. She defied the occupying Nazis by smuggling books to Jewish members who had been banned from the building. With America's entry into the war, Reeder was forced to depart and the Count and Countess de Chambrun, seen in the background, kept watch. The countess became the head of the library and kept it open during the war.
American Library in Paris
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