Muguette Szpajzer Myers was born to a Jewish family in Paris, France. Her father died when she was a small child, and she was only seven years old when Nazi Germany invaded her homeland in World War II. Thanks to one of her aunts, who worked at the Prefecture of Police and who warned them in time, Muguette's family escaped the Vel' d'Hiver roundup of Parisian Jews in July 1942. Muguette's mother Bella Szpajzer fled Paris with her two children and eventually found shelter in a village called Champlost in north central France. Muguette took on the identity of Marie Bella and studied the catechism to blend in with the Catholic inhabitants. The family survived the war and in 1947, emigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal. Muguette married, started a family, and worked as a translator. In 2005, she returned to Champlost for a ceremony to honor four members of the community as Righteous Among the Nations for hiding her and her family during the war. Her memoir, Where Courage Lives, was published by the Azrieli Foundation in 2015.