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Blue Plaque For Noor Inayat Khan

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    Good news.
    "A Muslim spy who was executed by the Nazis at Dachau concentration camp in 1944 is the first Indian-origin woman to be honoured with a blue plaque.
    Noor Inayat Khan, of Indian and US descent, served in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), which was set up by Sir Winston Churchill in 1940.
    The English Heritage tribute will mark her London family home on Taviton Street in Bloomsbury.
    The 'unlikely' spy was the first female radio operator to be flown into Nazi-occupied France in 1943 and was 'Britain's first Muslim war heroine in Europe', English Heritage said.
    For three months, Khan single-handedly ran a cell of spies across Paris until she was betrayed and captured by the Gestapo.
    Khan, whose codename was 'Madeleine', managed to escape from prison after her arrest, but was recaptured shortly afterwards.
    She was tortured for information about SOE operations by the Gestapo for ten months, but she refused to reveal anything to her captors - not even her real name.
    Khan was eventually executed at Dachau concentration camp on September 13, 1944, aged just 30.
    Shrabani Basu, Khan's biographer, who is unveiling the plaque, said: 'When Noor Inayat Khan left this house on her last mission, she would never have dreamed that one day she would become a symbol of bravery. She was an unlikely spy.
    'As a Sufi she believed in non-violence and religious harmony. Yet when her adopted country needed her, she unhesitatingly gave her life in the fight against Fascism."
    For three months, Khan single-handedly ran a cell of spies across Paris until she was betrayed and captured by the Gestapo.
    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8671371/Muslim-female-secret-agent-executed-Nazis-honoured-blue-plaque-Indian-origin-woman.html
     
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