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August 9, 2011

Noor Inayat Khan subjected to torture as other prisoners watched

Filed under: Dachau, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:02 am

The Huffington Post has an article about torture: Does Torture Work? Ask the Nazis Who Interrogated Noor Khan? You can read the full article here.

This quote is from the Huffington Post article:

On September 13, 1944, in front of other prisoners who witnessed her final hours, Noor Khan was stripped naked and then savagely beaten by SS guards at Dachau.

I have blogged about the tragic story of Noor Inayat Khan several times, including my posts here and here.  I blogged about the prisoners who were tortured at Dachau here.

The Huffington Post has a completely different take on the story of Noor Inayat Khan:

To begin with, Noor Khan was placed in solitary confinement on a starvation diet, chained hand and foot, and frequently denied even a scrap of clothing. She was subjected to barbaric beatings and water torture, and that was only the beginning. Survivors of Pforzheim recall often hearing her cries of agony, as Noor was subjected to all the refinements created by man’s capacity for inventive inhumanity. The Nazis would subject their most recalcitrant security prisoners to having their bodies suspended until their joints were dislocated, piercing and burning their flesh, ripping out fingernails and crushing the digits of their hands. Female prisoners, in particular, were subjected to electric shocks being applied to the most sensitive regions of their bodies. What Noor endured during those ten months at Pforzheim can scarcely be imagined. It must have been beyond human endurance. Yet this cultured, delicate woman endured the unendurable. She never broke. Noor Khan would not even reveal to the Nazis her true identity. Finally, her captors admitted defeat and sent Noor to her final destination on earth, Dachau concentration camp.

Water torture? Really?  Who knew!

What information did Noor Inayat Khan have that called for such extensive torture?  The Huffington Post doesn’t tell us.  Read more about her torture and execution here.