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The Ivy is thrilled to welcome Arthur Magida for a reading and conversation to celebrate the paperback release of Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi Occupied Paris. Arthur will be in conversation with Marc Steiner. This event will be hosted in-person on the Ivy's back patio.
Raised in a lush suburb of 1920s Paris, Noor Inayat Khan was an introspective musician and writer, dedicated to her family and to her father's spiritual values of harmony, beauty, and tolerance. She did not seem destined for wartime heroism. Yet, faced with the evils of Nazi violence and the German occupation of France, Noor joined the British Special Operations Executive and trained in espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. She returned to Paris under an assumed identity immediately before the Germans mopped up the Allies' largest communications network in France. For crucial months of the war, Noor was the only wireless operator there sending critical information to London, significantly aiding the success of the Allied landing on D-Day. Code-named Madeleine, she became a high-value target for the Gestapo. When she was eventually captured, Noor attempted two daring escapes before she was sent to Dachau and killed just months before the end of the war.
Carefully distilled from dozens of interviews, newly discovered manuscripts, official documents, and personal letters, Code Name Madeleine is both a compelling, deeply researched history and a thrilling tribute to Noor Inayat Khan, whose courage and faith guided her through the most brutal regime in history.
Arthur J. Magida, a resident of Mt, Washington, has been senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times, a professor at Georgetown University and the University of Baltimore, a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a contributing correspondent to PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, environmental reporter for National Journal, a writer/editor for Ralph Nader. and a consultant to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Two of his highly praised books -- Code Name Madeleine and The Nazi Séance -- have been optioned for films. His other books include The Rabbi and The Hit Man and Prophet of Rage. A graduate of Marlboro College and Georgetown, he has written for Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Jerusalem Report and Geo Magazine as well as received multiple Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, A.D. Emmart Awards for writing on the humanities and Smolar Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism.
In 1993, when the General Manager of Johns Hopkins University’s radio station WJHU decided the station needed a public interest radio show, Marc Steiner asked if he could give it a shot. He was given a phone, a studio, one hour a week, and told to do the best he could. Thus was born The Marc Steiner Show. Since that time, Marc has become one of the most recognized voices in Maryland and has gained national acclaim for his insightful style of interviewing. When WJHU came up for sale in 2001, Marc led the movement to maintain community ownership and played an integral role in the founding of WYPR. He served as Executive Vice President of WYPR from 2002 to 2006, and in that time founded his own non-profit production company, the Center for Emerging Media (CEM). In 2007 Marc and CEM won a Peabody Award, the most distinguished award in broadcast media, for the series Just Words. From 2008 to 2017, Marc’s show aired on WEAA 88.9-FM at Morgan State University. In 2018, he began producing stories for The Real News Network. Marc and his wife Valerie live in the country just outside of Baltimore.
TIME & DATE
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 6:00pm