The Countess de Chambrun becomes head of Library
10 October 2017
Chambrun’s family connection
10 October 2017

The Library remains open during most of the war

French woman and American soldier consulting American periodicals at the Library.

As French ambassador Henri Bonnet expressed, the American Library provides “an open window on the free world” during this dark period of European history. During the Occupation, the Library staff mount their own resistance campaign by delivering books to Jewish members who have been forbidden by the Nazis to use libraries.