Code Name Madeleine tells the captivating story of the valiant Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of an Indian Sufi mystic and unlikely World War II heroine. Carefully distilled from dozens of interviews, newly discovered manuscripts, official documents, and personal letters, Code Name Madeleine is a deeply researched history and a thrilling tribute to Noor Inayat Khan. Noor’s ideals were grounded in Sufis’ equivalent of tikkun olam – chivalry that upheld selflessness, justice, and duty “as sacred as religion.” Raised in the 1920s near Paris, Noor was a musician and writer, dedicated to her family’s spiritual values of harmony and tolerance. She did not seem destined for wartime heroism, but Germany’s treatment of Jews convinced her to abandon Gandhi’s pacifism. Noor joined the British Special Operations Executive and trained in espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. For crucial months of the war, Noor was the only radio operator in Paris sending critical information to London, significantly aiding the success of the Allied landing on D‑Day. Code-named Madeleine, she became a high-value target for the Gestapo. Noor was eventually captured and executed at Dachau a few months before the end of the war.
Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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