On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
She was of royal Indian descent through her father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was born to nobility and came from a princely Indian Muslim family.[He lived in Europe as a musician and a teacher of Sufism. Her mother, Ora Meena Ray Baker (Ameena Begum), was an American from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who met Inayat Khan during his travels in the United States. Ora Baker was the half-sister of American yogi and scholar Pierre Bernard, her guardian at the time she met Hazrat Inayat Khan.Noor’s brother, Vilayat Inayat Khan, later became head of the Sufi Order International.
Although Noor Inayat Khan was deeply influenced by the pacifist teachings of her father, she and her brother Vilayat decided to help defeat Nazi tyranny: “I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.”
When she was captured, as the prison director testified after the war, Inayat Khan remained uncooperative and continued to refuse to give any information on her work or her fellow operatives.
For your musical enjoyment: A Mahou Shounen Fight playlist! These are just some of the songs we like listening to while we draw Shounen Fight (and the answers to your asks here!). Click through to listen. :)
1. I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Sort of Thing - Pet Shop Boys
2. Orange Colored Sky - Michael Bublé
3. Red Hot - Ellegarden
4. I Hope that Something Better Comes Along - Matt Nathanson
5. Forget You - Glee Cast
6. Nice Guys Finish Last - Cobra Starship
7. Popular - Cast of Wicked
8. Kiss Me Deadly - Reel Big Fish
9. Sweet Transvestite - Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
10. It Gets Better - Fun.
11. Rainbow Connection - Weezer
12. She Has a Girlfriend Now - Reel Big Fish
13. Solitary Gun - Rogue Wave
14. Right Now - SR-71
15. Picture to Burn - Taylor Swift
16. Right in Front of Your Eyes - Wedding Singer Cast
17. King of Carrot Flowers Part 1 - Neutral Milk Hotel
18. Over the Rainbow - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
19. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
20. Jessie’s Girl - Glee Cast
21. Natural Woman - Carole King
22. Movin’ Right Along - Alkaline Trio
Reminder that Coach Finstock is currently under the impression that
- Stiles has a huge penis
- Stiles masturbates multiple times a day
- Stiles is into the type of activities that require him to keep an impressive length of heavy chain in his locker
at the very least this kicks the “knight and princess” trope in the butt pretty hard
Pokémon X & Y, folks.