Radical librarians – Lost and Found Books

[Dorothy] Reeder, who has the perfect name for a librarian, was the director of the American Library in Paris from 1937-1941. During the German occupation, the Nazi’s kept the library open but banned Jewish members from entering the building. This fearless librarian and her staff defied the occupying Nazis by creating an underground book-lending service to Jewish members. It was a dangerous activity, and one staff member was shot by the Gestapo. In 1941, Reeder and the rest of library staff were forced out of the city. After her departure, First Vice-President Countess Clara Longworth (standing in the doorway in the photo above) kept the library open throughout the war.

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