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“Liberte'” Last words of Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and intelligence officer.


Yesterday was V-E Day. May 8, 1945 saw the end of the war in Europe. While the official end of WWII was months away and would be decided in the Pacific, crowds celebrated in London, Paris, New York, and small villages.

The celebrations came at a terrible cost. And one heroine who helped bring them about was not alive to see them.

Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. Indian princess. Former pacifist turned intelligence operative. Spy for the British Special Operations Executive, an elite unit.

She was killed by a German firing squad in 1944 after being captured while on a mission in occupied France.

For me, Noor Inayat Khan embodies the common humanity that pitted much of the world against an obscene ideology fed by the blood of millions.

Khan was born in 1914, at…

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