Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today this week is Arthur Magida to discuss his Pulitzer Prize nominated book in the biography/memoir category Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi Occupied Paris.
Noor Inayat Kahn, code name Madeleine, served as an espionage agent in Nazi occupied Paris for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). At one time was the only wireless operator in half of France sending critical information to London. Most wireless operators didn’t last more than six weeks in Europe. Noor carried her 30 pound radio wherever she went and broadcast from whatever location in or near Paris she could find for more than four months. In that time the value of her transmissions was incalculable, and this includes for the landing at Normandy.
The Germans wanted desperately to capture her and they did as a result of her betrayal.
Arthur Magida has captured the spirit of this slight elfin woman, and the sinister and dangerous city in which she operated.