Noor: A Heroine of WWII
My friend Sasha Spielvogel, founder of the New York-based Labyrinth Dance Theater, brings the story of an unsung World War II heroine to the stage: NOOR tells the story of Noor Inayat Khan, whose father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, was a descendant of the family of Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century Muslim ruler of the Indian kingdom of Mysore, known as The Tiger of Mysore. Hazrat Inayat Khan was also a classical Hindustani musician and teacher of Sufism; he founded the The Sufi Order and brought Universal Sufism to the West. Although Noor grew up in a family that practiced pacifism, she became the first female wireless operator for Britain's SOE to infiltrate Nazi occupied Paris and was ultimately the last communication link between British and French forces. Code named Madeleine, Noor wanted to save innocent victims from the atrocities of Nazi Fascism, passionately believing in freedom for all people. She was eventually betrayed and after being transferred to Dachau her heroic life would end. Defiant to the end, Noor's last cry was “LIBERTÉ!”
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Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th-century Baghdad.