The story of Noor Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan

This is Noor Inayat Khan. She was a British spy during WWII who was captured by the Nazi’s and executed at the Dachau concentration camp.

Noor was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1914 to an Indian father and an American mother. She was raised with the values of a pacifist and being tolerant of all people.

Growing up, she was shy, quiet, sensitive. She studied child psychology and by her early twenties, she was a poet and writer of children’s stories.

But then WWII broke out. And though she was a pacifist, she wanted to help, particularly to help bridge the gap between Indian people and the British.

She said, “I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.”

So she became a spy for the British in France, where she was the only wireless operator. All the others had been captured. But still she stayed.

After 5 months she too was captured. In captivity, she told her captors lies. Then she escaped. After being betrayed, she was captured once more.

She was brought to Dachau. Where for a day she was beaten. Still, she didn’t tell the Nazi’s anything.

Her last word when the German firing squad raised their weapons was, “Liberte”.

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