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Holocaust Heroine Motivated by Islam?
by Deborah Weiss
In a recently released film titled "Noor Inayat Khan: Enemy of the Reich," the heroine was touted as a devout Muslim, motivated by her Islamic faith to save Jews during the Holocaust. But the truth is that Khan was not a practicing Muslim at all.
In 1940, Khan joined the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) and became a wireless operator. Subsequently, she attended bomber training school and eventually became Assistant Section Officer. Finally, she was recruited to join the SOE (Special Operations Executive) in France, where she was posted to the Air Ministry and adopted the code name "Nora Baker."
During the course of her service as a wireless operator in Nazi-occupied France, Khan assumed numerous identities, among which were "Madeline" and "Jeanne-Marie Renier."
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