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March 26, 2010

Noor Inayat Khan — if you tell a lie often enough, does it become the truth?

I was searching the blogs yesterday for anything about Dachau and came across this blog, which has an article about Noor Inayat Khan with the title “A Remarkable True Story for Women’s History Month.”  Noor Inayat Khan was a British SOE  spy who was allegedly executed at Dachau.

Whenever you see the word “allegedly” on my blog, it means that there is no proof whatsoever for whatever else is in that sentence.

Here is a quote from the “True Story” which I copied from the blog:

“In September 1944, Noor and three other female agents – Madeleine Damerment, Eliane Plewman and Yolande Beekman – were taken to the concentration camp at Dachau, just outside Munich.

“The three other agents were shot by the Germans on the day they arrived, but Noor was singled out to be beaten, tortured and possibly raped for hours before she was finally shot by an SS officer.

“As he placed the gun to her head and despite her tortured, weakened state, at least one source states that she summoned up the energy and courage to call out one final word before she died: ‘libertié‘.”

Noor Inayat Khan

After reading the information above, I did a new search on Noor Inayat Khan and found numerous blogs about her, all with essentially the same story about how Noor was beaten before she was executed at Dachau.

Here is a quote from another blog:

“It was a crisp Munich morning on September 13, 1944 when the four shackled women were led to the execution grounds. All were made to kneel. Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert, the SS trooper in charge of executions, gave the orders to shoot. By eyewitness account, one by one the troopers shot Madeleine Damerment, Eliane Plewman, and Yolande Beekman.

“Come the turn of the fourth prisoner, Wilhelm stopped the executioners. He stepped forward and hit the fourth prisoner with his gun butt. When she fell to the ground, he kicked her till she was reduced to a bloody mess. She was raised to her knees forcibly. Wilhelm then shot her in the back of her head thus bringing to an abrupt end the short life of Princess, spy, heroine, martyr Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, a great great granddaughter of Tipu Sultan, the last Muslim sovereign of South India. One died fighting British imperialism. The other died for Britain fighting Nazi imperialism. Her last word was “Liberté”. She was 30 years old.”

Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert is the man standing on the right

Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert is shown in the photo above; he is the man with a card around his neck with the number 2 on it.  The photo was taken during an American Military Tribunal proceeding at Dachau at which Ruppert was accused of participating in a “common plan” to commit war crimes by virtue of his job as the officer in charge of executions at Dachau.

Ruppert was specifically charged with supervising the execution of 90 Soviet Prisoners of War who had been condemned to death by an order from Adolf Hitler.  If he had refused to carry out an order given by Hitler, Ruppert would have been executed himself, but “superior orders” was not an acceptable defense, according to the American Military Tribunal; Ruppert was convicted and hanged.

Ruppert was not charged with beating Noor Inayat Khan and then personally shooting her. Why? Because nothing about this alleged execution was known at that time. There is no record of any British SOE women being brought to Dachau for execution nor for any other reason. There is no record of an order for the execution of any British SOE women being sent by the Berlin office of the Gestapo to Dachau.  There is no documentation or records of any kind that would prove that any British SOE women were ever executed at Dachau.

One of the witnesses against Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert at the American Military Tribunal was Rudolf Wolf, a 35-year-old German engraver from Frieberg, who was a prisoner at Dachau from September 1942 until the camp was liberated on April 29, 1945. Wolf testified that he had often seen Ruppert personally beat the prisoners. Wolf said that he had seen Ruppert kick the prisoners and also beat them with a whip so hard that the men became unconscious. According to Wolf’s testimony, Ruppert was a man who could beat people without changing expression; he was like a blacksmith striking cold iron.  Rudolf Wolf was a paid prosecution witness, whose testimony was not corroborated.

Ruppert’s sadistic nature was established by this dubious testimony at his trial which might have prompted an anonymous former Dutch prisoner at Dachau to contact author Jean Overton Fuller after reading her biography of British SOE agent Noor Inayat Khan. This anonymous prisoner, known only by his initials A.F., claimed to have witnessed the execution of Noor Inayat Khan on September 12, 1944 at Dachau. According to his story, A.F. had seen Wilhelm Ruppert undress Noor Inayat Khan and then beat her all over her body until she was a “bloody mess” before personally shooting her in the back of the head.

Execution spot where condemned prisoners were shot at Dachau

Condemned prisoners were executed with a shot in the neck at close range (Genickschuss). The execution place was located north of the crematorium; it was surrounded by thick shrubbery and trees. There was no bleacher section where the other prisoners could watch; the whole area was completely separate from the prison enclosure at Dachau.

The fact that the alleged witness said that Noor was “shot in the back of the head,” instead of being killed by a Genickschuss, shows that he knew nothing about the executions at Dachau, and had not seen anything.

Wilhelm Ruppert was an SS officer; it was not his job to personally execute prisoners at Dachau; he was the administrator in charge of the executions.  If he had personally beaten anyone, Ruppert would have received a visit from Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, the SS judge in charge of prosecuting SS men who committed crimes in the concentration camps.  For example, Amon Göth, the Commandant who allegedly shot prisoners from his balcony at the Plaszow camp in the Schindler’s List story, was arrested by Dr. Morgen and was awaiting trial when World War II ended.  He had been arrested on a charge of stealing from the camp warehouses, but not for shooting prisoners from his balcony because that never happened.

Noor Inayat Khan has been heavily promoted as a great heroine by the British in order to cover up what really happened.  Noor was chosen to be sent to France as a wireless operator because she was the least qualified woman in the SOE; the British wanted an SOE agent to be caught so that the Germans could acquire a British radio. The British wanted to  send messages that would be intercepted.  The messages would consist of incorrect information which the British wanted to give the Germans about the invasion of Sicily.

Noor was chosen for the job because she “was not overly burdened with brains,” in the words of her instructor.  Sure enough, when Noor was captured, the Germans found a notebook in which she had written down all of the codes that they would need in order to use her radio.  The Germans used Noor’s radio to send messages to the British and the British answered by sending misinformation about the invasion of Sicily.

According to Sarah Helm’s book A Life in Secrets, Hans Kieffer, the man who ordered Noor to be sent to Pforzheim prison after she made several escape attempts, said that he had no knowledge of her execution.

Sarah Helm wrote that the SOE was not above fabricating stories about Noor Inayat Khan in order to make her into more of a heroine than she actually was. In the citation for Noor to receive the George Medal, an award given to civilians for gallantry, it was noted that Noor “has also been instrumental in facilitating the escape of 30 Allied airmen shot down in France.” Such an escape never happened, according to Sarah Helm.

11 Comments

  1. I have just published a novel about the brave members of the Special Operations Executive like Noor and their involvement with Rudolf Hess’ flight to Scotland and the use of the paranormal to win WWII.

    The book is titled Occult House, and although fiction, the book mixes fact with fiction, including real life characters like Ian Fleming, Aleister Crowley, Heinrich Himmler, Reinhold Heydrich, and Rudolf Hess to tell a fascinating tale of thrilling intrigue.

    It is for sale at Amazon.com Kindle. In February, the paperback version will be available.
    Check out my website dedicated to the book: www. robertmbennett. com

    Thanks.

    R. Bennett

    Comment by rmb1957 — January 19, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    • Do you mean Reinhard Heydrich? I had a relative named Reinhold, so I know that this is also a German name. However, Wikipedia has a page about REINHARD Heydrich.

      I didn’t know that the SOE was involved with the flight of Rudolf Hess. I blogged about the flight of Hess at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/rudolf-hess-flew-on-a-peace-mission-but-was-convicted-of-crimes-against-peace-at-nuremberg/

      I have written extensively about Noor on my blog.

      Comment by furtherglory — January 20, 2014 @ 9:30 am

      • Have you looked at the first five chaptes of Occult House, which are offered free at Amazon.com ? While the book is fiction, threads of truth hold the various plots together. Have a look and tell me what you think !

        Comment by rmb1957 — January 20, 2014 @ 11:55 am

        • I went to amazon.com and found an ad for your book. The cover of your book shows the Wewelsburg Castle, but it appears that the photo has been reversed. I visited the Wewelsburg Castle a few years ago, and wrote about it on my Website at
          http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/Castle.html

          Did you reverse the photo of the Castle as part of the fiction of your book?

          I do not have a Kindle to read an e-book, but the description of your book, on amazon.com sounds very interesting. The subject of Wewelsburg lends itself to fiction.

          Comment by furtherglory — January 20, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

  2. […] noticed that three of my previous posts about Noor Inayat Khan were getting lots of hits.  (here, here and here) This tipped me off that there must be some news about her.  I did a search and found a […]

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  3. NOW AGAIN MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, ON 13 OR 14TH SEPT 1944, INNOCENT, ALONE CONFINED AND TORTURE
    BY GERMAN GESTAPO, KILLED HER, WE SALUTE HER COURAGE AND BRAVENESS, SHE PROVED HERSELF
    BY CHARACTER OF TRUTH.

    TIPUSULTAN,
    tipusultan1973@yahoo.com

    Comment by Tipusultan — September 6, 2012 @ 2:37 am

  4. NOORUNISA IS A SIGN OF COURAGE,
    COMMITMENT AND FAITH FOR HONESTY.

    SHE LOST HER LIFE IN A VERY TERRIBLE AND HARD LFIE IN IMPRISMENT OF HILTERS AGENTS,

    WE SALUTE YOU, NOOR : FOR YOUR EXEMPLARY COURAGE,

    ALLAH BLESS YOUR SOUL IN HEAVEN (AMEEN )

    SMAHSAN,
    DEFENCE, KARACHI

    Comment by AHSAN — April 21, 2011 @ 12:56 am

  5. I must congratulate you on the skill with you have twisted facts and misrepresented quotes from other sources. This is a fine example of how it is possible to twist evidence for the purpose of “revisionist-history”.

    Comment by Harry Bag — March 9, 2011 @ 10:16 am

  6. PRINCESS NOORUNISA INAYAT KHAN.

    NO DOUBT PRICESS NOOR, PROVED HERSELF, A CHARACTER FULL OF BRAVERY, HONESTY AND DUTIFUL TOWARDS HER RESPONSIBILITY, GESTAPO
    AGENTS, PUNISHED HER ALL INHUMANS
    MEANS, IN REMOTE ALONE CONFINEMENT,
    BUT IT PROVES THAT SHE NEVER COMPROMISE, WHATSOEVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES HAPPEND OF BARBARISM,
    SHE IS NO DOUBT, HEROENE OF TRUTHNESS AND LIBERATION AGAINST
    BARBARISM AND GESTAPOISM,

    LONG LIVE NOOR, WE SALUTE YOU,

    MEHMOOD HUSSAIN,
    KARACHI-PAKISTAN,
    mehmoodfaiz@yahoo.com

    Comment by MEHMOOD HUSSAIN — May 30, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    • Noor was brave, but she was betrayed by the British who used her to send messages to the German military. The British SOE was an illegal organization, which was operating in violation of the Geneva Convention. Because of this, Noor could have been legally executed, but there is no evidence whatsoever that she was executed. The British are lying to cover their illegal activity and make their war crimes sound heroic. Noor was a victim, but she was a victim of the British.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 31, 2010 @ 8:04 am


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