Mata Hari


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Mata Hari
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle
Birthday
BirthplaceLeeuwarden, Netherlands
Died
NationalityDutch
Known for Convicted as a spy in World War I

Mata Hari

(mä`tə hä`rē), 1876–1917, Dutch dancer and spy in German service during World War I. Her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. A dancer in Paris, she joined the German secret service in 1907, and during the war she betrayed important military secrets confided to her by the many high Allied officers who were on intimate terms with her. In 1917 she was arrested, convicted, and executed by the French.

Bibliography

See biography by S. Waagenaar (1965).


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, 1876–1917, Dutch dancer and spy in German service during World War I. Her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. A dancer in Paris, she joined the German secret service in 1907, and during the war she betrayed important military secrets confided to her by
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Mata Hari

(1876–1917) courtesan executed by French for German espionage (1917). [Ger. Hist.: EB, VI: 683]
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Mata Hari

real name Gertrud Margarete Zelle. 1876--1917, Dutch dancer in France, who was executed as a German spy in World War I
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1917: 15 de octubre Margaretha Zelle conocida como Mata Hari, arquetipo de la espia seductora, fue ejecutada en el castillo de Vincennes, a las afueras de Paris.