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'Enemy of The Reich'
(DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)

Overview: Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story brings to life the story of a woman's extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris. With an American mother and Indian Muslim father, Noor Inayat Khan was an extremely unusual British agent, and her life spent growing up in a Sufi center of learning in Paris seemed an unlikely preparation for the dangerous work to come.

DVD Verdict: This movie proves that there are still stories of individual bravery during WWII that are to be discovered. I bet the majority of viewers had never heard of Noor Inayat Khan.

Given her relatively short tenure as an undercover agent in occupied France, the length of the movie is quite right. It was also interesting to see her background, which would be unconventional even today.

What puzzled me, though, was that no torture has been mentioned. That wondered me, since all accounts agree that German intelligence used to be very inventive in extracting information from POWs. Also, the transport to Germany seemed to be very comfortable in comparison to reports of people being crammed like cattle in wagons without food or water. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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