Pierette Noe was born in 1931, in the Catalan region of France, and some of her earliest memories are of the Spanish Civil War. However, she primarily speaks of her memories of the war. How on Nov. 22, 1942, the night her brother was born, the Germans invaded her homeland, or in 1943, the Germans visited her house one night, searching their rooms and belongings. Pierette’s father suspected it had to do with the papers Pierette innocently had brought home one afternoon a few days earlier. She had thought they were music sheets, but in fact, they were codes from England. Throughout the occupation, Noe and her family were subject to curfews, rationing and harassment by the Germans. After the war, Pierette moved to Paris, where she met her husband and they eventually immigrated to the U.S.


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