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The Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Lecture - The Liberte series

Noor Inayat Khan
Noor Inayat Khan

The Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Lecture -  The Liberte series is organised by the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust in partnership with the SOAS South Asia Institute.

The Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust has been established to promote the message of peace, non-violence and religious and racial harmony, the principles Noor Inayat Khan stood for.

It will work to raise funds for a Memorial for Noor Inayat Khan, GC, Croix de Guerre, in London’s Gordon Square to ensure that Noor’s sacrifice is not forgotten by future generations.

The Trust will also work with schools, universities and museums to spread the story of the World War II heroine. Through Noor’s story, it will also highlight the often-ignored fact of the contribution of Indian soldiers and Indian women to the two World Wars.

Two and a half million Indian soldiers volunteered for the Second World War, fighting in far-away fields in Africa, Europe and the Far East. It was the largest volunteer army in history and suffered the highest casualties. Indian soldiers were awarded 28 Victoria Crosses and 9 George Crosses in World War II.

Noor Inayat Khan was posthumously awarded the George Cross by England and the Croix de Guerre by France.

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