People Who Studied Abroad #707:
Miriam Davenport, humanitarian, painter and sculptor
She received a Carnegie summer art scholarship to study at the Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. When the Germans occupied France, she helped to run an operation to evacuate more than 2,000 European Jews to Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Americas. Among the people she helped were Marc Chagall, Otto Meyerhof and Hannah Arendt. She also worked with the Allied Forces to protect culturally important sites and works of art from bombing or pillaging.