George Perrone is a first generation Italian-American, born in 1940. His parents came from Matera in southern Italy. As he grew into adulthood, Perrone learned about the role his Matera relatives played in the resistance movement during World War II. This included skirmishes that drove the Germans out of Matera on Sept. 20, 1943. An uncle, who was a priest, helped Jews escape from Austria into Italy; for this he was executed by the Germans. Perrone himself performed with the USO.

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