Noor Inayat Khan was arrested in October, 1943 by the Gestapo. Months earlier, all of the other operators in the area were betrayed and arrested, leaving Noor alone to herself in Nazi occupied France. This was her brandishing of what is to come.
Noor was interrogated for days by the Gestapo for any information regarding Allied Operation. A book was found by the Gestapo containing all messages sent between Noor, her operatives, and the French Rebellion. The Nazis sent messages back and forth between the Rebellion and SOE under Noor's code name. The SOE sent other agents thinking it was safe, these agents were arrested upon landing in France, this was one of the first times experiencing Nazi violence first hand.
After being deemed useless for the Nazi's in France, she was trasported to Pforzheim Prison, Germany. She spent almost a year there and tried to escape multiple times, but never got more than 6 miles away from the prison. She would spend 10 months at this prison. This is the leading to the worst part of her life
During her time in Pforzheim Prison, she was tortured daily. She was kept on a starvation diet and was denied any clothing or something to cover herself with. She was beaten and tortured in front of the other prisoners daily and only fed enough and got enough medical attention to survive to the next day. This was her life for 2 months short of a year. This was the worst part of Noors life, but she never gave up any information, not even her real name.
Noor Khan and 3 other SOE agents were transported from Pforzheim to the Dachau Concentration Camp. The 4 women were sentenced to death by execution. After being beaten and stripped of any clothing they had, they were lined up and shot in the back of the head. Noor's last words were "liberte"(Freedom), which released her from the horrid life she had lived for the past year.
Noor Khan was awarded the George Cross from the British Airforce for her bravery in 1949, she was also awarded the Croix de Guerre from the French Army for being in cooperation with them up until her capture.
The theme of the story of this courageous woman is to be loyal to what you see to be right and to have strength in what you believe.