A Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis In WW II Paris

Posted on February 16, 2014

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Throughout the 1930′s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe, as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor Inayat Khan grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature and joined Winston Churchill’s covert operation to give the Allies a new chance at victory. This is her story.

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Noor Inayat Khan was born on New Year’s Day 1914 in Moscow to an Indian father and an American mother. She was a direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century Muslim ruler of Mysore. Khan’s father was a musician and Sufi teacher. He moved his family first to London and then to Paris, where Khan was educated and later worked writing childrens’ stories. Khan escaped to England after the fall of France and in November 1940 she joined the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force). In late 1942, she was recruited to join SOE as a radio operator. Although some of those who trained her were unsure about her suitability, in June 1943 she was flown to France to become the radio operator for the ‘Prosper’ resistance network in Paris, with the codename ‘Madeleine’. Many members of the network were arrested shortly afterwards but she chose to remain in France and spent the summer moving from place to place, trying to send messages back to London while avoiding capture.

In October, Khan was betrayed by a Frenchwoman and arrested by the Gestapo.  [Please click here to read the remainder of the story.]

Testimonials:

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story is a moving account of a young Muslim woman who sacrificed her life to combat the brutal domination of Nazi Germany. As a leader in the international movement to reconcile Jews and Muslims, this compelling film is a source of inspiration to me.

Rabbi Marc Schneier
President and Co-Founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

“I prayed for Noor and all those who suffered when I visited Dachau. American Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus: we all need to know her story, it can bring us closer together.”

Imam Mohammad Magid
President, Islamic Society of North America

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