Noor Inayat Khan: remembering Britain’s Muslim war heroine

theguardian:

The British spy, captured in France and executed by the Germans in the second world war, is finally being honoured with a statue. But it has been a long and hard campaign

A statue commemorating Britain’s only female Muslim war heroine will become the first stand-alone memorial to an Asian woman in the UK when it is unveiled in London next month.

Second-world-war spy Noor Inayat Khan was sent into France by Winston Churchill’s secret Special Operations Executive (SOE) in June 1943, but was betrayed and captured a few months later. She was shot by the SS in Dachau in September 1944, aged 30, and was posthumously awarded the George Cross as, as well as the Croix de Guerre by France. She was one of only three women in the SOE to be awarded the George Cross. The other two – Violette Szabo and Odette Hallowes – have had far more recognition, including films about their lives.

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