Paris under Nazi rule
10 October 2017
The Countess de Chambrun becomes head of Library
10 October 2017

A free book service for men in battle

Library staff wrapping books to be sent to the troops

Dorothy Reeder recalls: “From the beginning requests came to us from all parts of France, Algeria, Syria, and even from the British headquarters in London to take care of their men in France until they could […] ship reading material to them. […] When the soldier finished reading his books and magazines, he passed them on to another or turned them in to the camp library or canteen.” By the end of June 1940, 100,000 books have been shipped to British and French soldiers.