” Andrée Peel (February 3, 1905– March 5, 2010) was one of a couple of women known as Agent Rose (the other being Eileen Nearne).
She worked against the German occupation of France as a member of the French Resistance during the Second World War
Born as Andrée Marthe Virot, when World War II broke out she was running a beauty salon in the Breton port of Brest, France.
World War II
After the German invasion she joined the resistance and was involved in distributing secret newspapers but was later appointed head of an under-section of the resistance.She and her team used torches to guide allied planes to improvised landing strips and helped airmen who had landed in France to escape onto submarines and gunboats, saving the lives of more than one hundred soldiers and airmen, and aided more than 20,000 people.
She was arrested in Paris in 1944 and sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp; she was later transferred to the concentration camp at Buchenwald before her eventual release. During this time she also survivedmeningitis.She was being lined up to be shot by firing squad at Buchenwald when the US Army arrived to liberate the prisoners. ” (via wikipedia)
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