"She spied for Britain during World War II and was eventually caught and
killed by the Nazis, but Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of Tipu Sultan –
an 18th-century Muslim ruler of Mysore state – remained in near
anonymity for decades.
Her contribution to the war came to light after author Shrabani Basu
wrote Noor’s biography, Spy Princess
, in 2006.
This year, Britain awarded her with the Blue Plaque – the first Indian
origin woman to be honoured with the title for her sacrifices as a
Special Operations Executive (SOE) in France. She was captured by the
Gestapo – the official secret police of Nazi Germany – in Paris and
taken to Germany where she was executed in 1944.
In 2014, a stamp was issued in her honour and there are reports that her
face may soon appear on British coins.
For her valiant efforts, Noor was posthumously awarded the George Cross,
the United Kingdom’s highest civilian award, in 1949 and the French
Croix de Guerre, a military honour awarded by France in 1946.
A biopic, A Call To Spy
, released on October 2, pays tribute to the
work of three female British spies during the second World War,
including Noor, who was also a children stories writer and pacifist."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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