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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.


  1. furtherglory how do you know there is no evidence that she died in Dachau …..its written in wikipedia and wikipedia cant be wrong…..which infact u can b

    Comment by reenak — June 5, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    • If Noor Inayat Khan had been brought to Dachau for execution, there would have been a record of her entry into the camp. Everyone who went in or out of Dachau had to stop at the gate and their entrance or departure was recorded. But there is no record of her entrance into the camp. If she had been executed, there would have been a record of the order of execution and a record of the completed execution. There were no such records.

      Noor was working behind enemy lines in a secret spy organization, the British SOE. As such, she was operating illegally in violation of the Geneva Convention and could have been legally executed.

      There was no need for a secret execution with no records kept. There were other members of the SOE who were executed when they were caught and there are records of the execution. There are no records for Noor Inayat Khan.

      Anyone can go to the Dachau Memorial Site and personally look through the archives. Or one can e-mail the Dachau Memorial site and ask one of the employees there to look through the records, which was what I did.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 6, 2012 @ 6:37 am

  2. In particular we should recall the case of Noor Inayat Khan…A young Muslim woman Noor Khan was a descendant of Tipu Sultan the last Mogul Emperor of Southern India. When the Nazis invaded and occupied France in 1940 Miss Khan and her family escaped to England…Though a pacifist Noor was deeply affected by the occupation of her adopted homeland and the anti-Semitic bestiality of the Nazis. In November 1943 she was transported to the notorious Pforzheim prison in Germany where she endured ten months of sheer hell…Physically and psychologically Noor Khan was subjected to the ultimate form of Cheneys enhanced interrogation techniques. The Gestapo was determined to break her and compel her to reveal every piece of vital information she possessed.

    Comment by hemp — August 9, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    • You are quoting from the article in the Huffington Post, which is incorrect. Noor Khan was sent to the Pforzheim prison because she had attempted to escape twice. The Gestapo was not “determined to break her” because she did not have any “vital information.” She had foolishly written down all her codes, so the Germans were able to use her radio. That was why the SOE had sent her to France. After Noor was captured, the SOE was able to send messages to the Germans over her radio. There is no evidence whatsoever that she was executed at Dachau. She was not “subjected to the ultimate form of Cheney’s enhanced interrogation techniques” because she had no information that the Germans wanted.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 9, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

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