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  • Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story

    PBS has recently aired a docudrame on Noor Inayat Khan, a British Indian Allied SOE Agent who worked in Nazi occupied France.

    The full video can be seen here,

    http://www.pbs.org/program/enemy-reich/



    About the Program

    In August 1943, the last surviving clandestine radio operator in Paris desperately signaled London for additional weapons and explosives for the French underground. She knew her time was limited. Within a month, she too would be taken.

    Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story is the story of one womanís extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris. With an American mother and Indian Muslim father, Noor Inayat Khan was an extremely unusual British agent, and her life spent growing up in a Sufi center of learning in Paris seemed an unlikely preparation for the dangerous work to come. Yet it was in this place of universal peace and contemplation that her remarkable courage was forged.

    In 1940, when the Nazis invaded of France, Noor fled Paris with her family to England, where she trained as a wireless operator in Britainís Womenís Auxiliary Air Force. In early 1943, she was recruited as a covert operative, into Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (S.O.E). Churchillís orders were to ďSet Europe ablazeĒ through sabotage of railroads and factories, and support of the French undergroundís direct attacks on Nazi units in preparation for the D-Day invasions.

    After the betrayal and arrest of her entire network, Noor became the only surviving radio operator linking the British to the French Resistance in Paris, coordinating the air-drop of weapons, explosives and agents, and supporting the rescue of downed allied fliers.

    The life expectancy of a radio operator in Paris was only six weeks before the Nazi radio-hunting trucks would track them down. But Noor survived four months, constantly on the move, before she was finally betrayed by French a collaborator. She resisted a brutal interrogation by the Gestapo, escaping twiceóonly to be recaptured. For her intransigence, Noor was sent to Germany where she was executed at Dachau.

    It is a story not only about the drama of fighting the Nazisóthe brutality of the Gestapo, deception, betrayal and escapeóbut also about the deep moral imperative that defined this young woman throughout her struggle.

    Noor Inayat Khan became one of the most decorated agents of the British S.O.E. After the war she was posthumously the awarded the George Cross, the highest civilian medal given for bravery and sacrifice in Great Britain. The French awarded her the Croix de Guerre with Gold Star. A plaque in her name hangs at Dachau today. In 2013, a memorial statue was erected in Londonís Gordon Square.

    Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, Enemy of the Reich was produced and directed by three-time Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Robert H. Gardner.


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    Her George Cross Citation:

    "The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS to:ó Assistant Section Officer Nora INAYAT-KHAN (9901), Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
    Assistant Section Officer Nora INAYAT-KHAN was the first woman operator to be infiltrated into enemy occupied France, and was landed by Lysander aircraft on 16th June, 1943. During the weeks immediately following her arrival, the Gestapo made mass arrests in the Paris Resistance groups to which she had been detailed. She refused however to abandon what had become the principal and most dangerous post in France, although given the opportunity to return to England, because she did not wish to leave her French comrades without communications and she hoped also to rebuild her group. She remained at her post therefore and did the excellent work which earned her a posthumous Mention in Despatches.
    The Gestapo had a full description of her, but knew only her code name "Madeleine". They deployed considerable forces in their effort to catch her and so break the last remaining link with London. After 3 months, she was betrayed to the Gestapo and taken to their H.Q. in the Avenue Foch. The Gestapo had found her codes and messages and were now in a position to work back to London. They asked her to co-operate, but she refused and gave them no information of any kind. She was imprisoned in one of the cells on the 5th floor of the Gestapo H.Q. and remained there for several weeks during which time she made two unsuccessful attempts at escape. She was asked to sign a declaration that she would make no further attempts, but she refused and the Chief of the Gestapo obtained permission from Berlin to send her to Germany for "safe custody". She was the first agent to be sent to Germany.
    Assistant Section Officer INAYAT-KHAN was sent to Karlsruhe in November 1943, and then to Pforzheim where her cell was apart from the main prison. She was considered to be a particularly dangerous and unco-operative prisoner. The Director of the prison has also been interrogated and has confirmed that Assistant Section Officer INAYAT-KHAN, when interrogated by the Karlsruhe Gestapo, refused to give any information whatsoever, either as to her work or her colleagues.
    She was taken with three others to Dachau Camp on the 12 September 1944. On arrival, she was taken to the crematorium and shot.
    Assistant Section Officer INAYAT-KHAN displayed the most conspicuous courage, both moral and physical over a period of more than 12 months."
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    • #3
      Whoever gave this thread one star is doing a major disservice to those who sided with the allies during WW2. Whoever you are, you have insulted WW2 heroes(Khan was a Heroine) like Noor Khan who gave their blood in the fight against the Axis powers.

      So now, right here on a military history forum, were going to have random readers see that this thread has received at least one bad vote. And that is an embarrassment for this forum, a "black eye" if you will.
      Last edited by Taieb el-Okbi; 14 Sep 14, 09:30.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Taieb el-Okbi View Post
        Whoever gave this thread one star is doing a major disservice to those who sided with the allies during WW2. Whoever you are, you have insulted WW2 heroes(Khan was a Heroine) like Noor Khan who gave their blood in the fight against the Axis powers.

        So now, right here on a military history forum, were going to have random readers see that this thread has received at least one bad vote. And that is an embarrassment for this forum, a "black eye" if you will.

        The story of Noor Khan is deeply moving and inspirational. Her sacrifice in helping to defeat fascism ranks amongst the bravest exploits of WW2. After reading your post I tried to find it on PBS but canít so Iím assuming that the scheduling for us here in the U.K. differs from that in the U.S. I hope we get it at some future date though.

        As to the thread getting a one star rating, I can only assume that was some sort of mistake as not everyone is au fait with the rating systems. Thanks for the tip about the documentary which I hope to get to see.

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        • #5
          Taieb el-Okbi - I don't think many here would claim that all Muslims are 'bad guys', indeed there are some real life heroes and heroines - what 'we' may claim however is that is often despite what is urged in the chronologically later offerings in the Qur'an, Sunnah and Hadith.

          I hail Noor as being amongst the best of the 'good guys'.

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          • #6
            wooden wonder and tommy atkins,

            thanks for the positive comments.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tommy Atkins View Post
              The story of Noor Khan is deeply moving and inspirational. Her sacrifice in helping to defeat fascism ranks amongst the bravest exploits of WW2. After reading your post I tried to find it on PBS but canít so Iím assuming that the scheduling for us here in the U.K. differs from that in the U.S. I hope we get it at some future date though.


              I believe the docudrama is airing on PBS twice next week on Monday and Tuesday, but depending on where your located, you may or may not get it.

              Can you view the docudrama on the link I provided in the OP?

              Originally posted by Tommy Atkins View Post
              As to the thread getting a one star rating, I can only assume that was some sort of mistake as not everyone is au fait with the rating systems. Thanks for the tip about the documentary which I hope to get to see.

              I hope this is the case. Either way, I'm over it, any person who supports good over evil knows that Khan is a heroine.
              Last edited by Taieb el-Okbi; 14 Sep 14, 20:10.

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