'Spy Princess' Noor Inayat Khan honored by UK
UK honored and remembered the sacrifice of Ms Noor Inayat Khan by unveiling a bronze bust of hers at the central London Gordon Square Gardens near the house where she lived. It is said to be the first such memorial in Britain dedicated to a Muslim and the first in honour of an Asian woman.
About “Noor Inayat Khan”:
- Noor Inayat Khan (January 2, 1914 – 13 September 13, 1944)
- Noor Inayat Khan (also known as "Nora Baker" and "Madeleine"), she was of Indian Sufi origin.
- Born in Moscow to an Indian father, Hazrat Inayat Khan and an American mother, Ora Ray Baker. Her father was great-grandson of Tipu Sultan. Thus, Noor was a direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the e 18th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore who had refused to submit to British rule and was killed in battle in 1799.
- British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent during the Second World War.
- She became the first female radio operator to be sent into occupied France to aid the French Resistance to the Nazis.
- She was eventually betrayed, captured and killed in Dachau Concentration Camp by the Gestapo at the age of 30.
- Gestapo = The secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods.
- Her last word was “Liberte”
- Posthumously awarded the George Cross for her work in France and for revealing nothing of use to her interrogators despite being tortured by the Gestapo for 10 months.
* Noor’s biography: “Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan” by Shrabani Basu