Who Was Agent Rose

Who Was Agent Rose

Natalia Krasovitzky

Do you believe in miracles? Well, Andrèe Peel also known as Agent Rose a French resistance fighter during WWII who saved dozens of American and British Airmen, and someone who definitely believed in miracles mostly because a miracle was what saved her life.

Andrèe Peel was born on February 3, 1905, in a city in France called Brest. She was a smart and stylish young girl. She worked in a hair salon in The Bretten port of Brest in France. She loved working in the hair salon but when Hitler Invaded her country everything changed. Soon after Hitler invaded France she joined the resistance movement. At first, she would distribute newspapers to other members. She was later given the codename Agent Rose and she would find German information on German shipping and troop movements. She would also guide British planes to nighttime landings marked by torchlights. She is really famous for rescuing 102 allied airmen. She transported all of them to safety after they were shot down. 

She later had to flee to Paris but soon after d-day, the Gestapo found her. The Gestapo was the official secret police of Nazi Germany. When they found her she was beaten and tortured. She was later taken to Ravensbrück and then moved to Buchenwald concentration camp. In April 1945 she was to be killed by a firing squad in the concentration camp when American troops arrived to liberate the camp. Everyone said it was a miracle that the American troop got right on time.

After the war, she was given many French awards as well as the medal of Freedom from the United States and another award from Britain. At the age of 99, she was Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honor. She lived a long life but sadly past away in 2010 at the age of 105 but before she did she wrote a memoir called “Miracles Do Happen.”

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