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World War I Spy Mata Hari Did Not Flinch in Final Moments: Report
New York Daily News ^ | Monday, April 28, 2014 | Joel Landau

Posted on 04/28/2014 3:48:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The famed Dutch exotic dancer who was executed in 1917 in France for passing information to the Germans was stoic in her final moments, newly released documents reveal. She remained stoic to the end.

The famous World War I spy known as "Mata Hari" did not reveal anything during her last prison interrogation before she was executed by a French firing squad, recently revealed top secret files from the British intelligence agency MI5, reports The Star.

The former Dutch exotic dancer whose name was Gertruda Margaretha Zelle never made a full confession nor gave up the name of any accomplices an officer notes in the report. "She was a 'femme forte' and she worked alone," the report concludes, according to The Star.

She also did not flinch when an interrogator told her of a long list of officers from different ranks and countries she had supposedly slept with.

"She replied that she loved all officers, and would rather have as her lover a poor officer than a rich banker," the MI5 files state.

A postcard of Mata Hari from 1906, which is featured in a new book "Femme Fatale: Love, Lies and The Unknown Life of Mata Hari", is seen in this undated handout. Femme fatale Mata Hari was beautiful, a compulsive liar, and without morals -- but she wasn't a spy and suffered from syphilis contracted from her husband not her promiscuity, according to the new biography.

Her real name was Margaret Gertrude Zelle and she was a Dutch exotic dancer.

The Mata Hari was accused of spying for Germany and feeding them information. She was executed for the charges near Paris on Oct. 15, 1917. She famously blew a kiss to someone in the crowd during the execution.

But whether she actually passed along secret information is up for debate by some historians.

In May she admitted to spying for the Germans and was paod 20,000 francs, the document states.

Wesley Wark, a security, intelligence and terrorism expert at the University of Ottawa, told The Star the Mata Hari served as a scapegoat when the French people were concerned over losing the war and wrestled with emerging power for women and fears of losing the war.

"They needed a scapegoat and she was a notable target for scapegoating," Wark told the outlet.


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: espionage; france; worldwari

1 posted on 04/28/2014 3:48:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Long time ago I heard the story that she pulled open her outer garment to show her naked body just before being shot. (Worth a try? Might have worked.)


2 posted on 04/28/2014 3:55:21 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: nickcarraway

Mata Hari's execution, October 15, 1917


3 posted on 04/28/2014 3:57:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: nickcarraway
...would rather have as her lover a poor officer than a rich banker,"

Ah, the cost of boy-toys has always been high…too high, some might say.

4 posted on 04/28/2014 3:59:09 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: nickcarraway

“she was a Dutch exotic dancer”

She learned Pole dancing in Krakow.


5 posted on 04/28/2014 4:02:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: JoeProBono

The irony is that the intel gleaned from the French officers who slept with her was worth nothing to the Germans because they didn’t need to change anything that they were doing based on it.

The French tactics were horrid, and far more damaging to millions of doomed French soldiers, than to the Germans.

64% of all French males were casualties in WW1.

French tactics obliterated their Warrior Class.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 4:03:19 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: nickcarraway
Its probably easy to be stoic in your final moments when your brain is wracked by Syphilis.
7 posted on 04/28/2014 4:04:36 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: nickcarraway

There was once a 600+ lb. sow named Gertude in the Ozarks.


8 posted on 04/28/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT by familyop
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To: nickcarraway

...Gertrude, even.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 4:05:04 PM PDT by familyop
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To: tumblindice

The FR Pun Police render a verdict.

10 posted on 04/28/2014 4:05:56 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway
Her story was certainly a strange one. Most historians seem to think she was not a spy and I tend to agree. Almost a century later something surely would have turned up in some archive or some person's papers had she been one.

I almost wonder if she was shot to keep secret the full list of French officers she had slept with.

11 posted on 04/28/2014 4:06:31 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Southack
France had a population of 40mm in 1914, probably 20mm males. 6.2mm WWI casualties among the military. To me it seems more like a third than two-thirds.

Still an inconceivable number. At least one out of every ten men was killed - the country was literally decimated.

12 posted on 04/28/2014 4:12:49 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Billthedrill

Careful or I’ll tell the story of the remarkable young man from Koblentz. I’ve got a limerick and I’m not afraid to use it!

OK, If Mata Hari married a Hairy Krishna, would they name their daughter Hairy Mary?


13 posted on 04/28/2014 4:13:07 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: wideawake

If you consider military aged men, the original figure is closer. Oh to be a older teenaged boy in post war France...


14 posted on 04/28/2014 4:18:37 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: colorado tanker
I almost wonder if she was shot to keep secret the full list of French officers she had slept with.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 4:19:30 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: tumblindice

“She learned Pole dancing in Krakow.”

And Lap Dancing in Lapland.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 4:21:29 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: tumblindice

“She learned Pole dancing in Krakow.”

And Lap Dancing in Lapland.


17 posted on 04/28/2014 4:22:46 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: nickcarraway

The French shoot a woman.

Quelle domage.


18 posted on 04/28/2014 4:23:24 PM PDT by JT Hatter (Who is Barack Obama? And What is He Really Up To?)
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To: Southack

I like the information. Thank you.


19 posted on 04/28/2014 4:24:18 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Vermont Lt
" Oh to be a older teenaged boy in post war France..."

Or England or Germany or one of the many countries involved in this mess.

If you were born from 1903 to 1907 life should have been very well indeed.

20 posted on 04/28/2014 4:28:46 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Billthedrill

Can you show me the steps to post a picture? Thanks.


21 posted on 04/28/2014 4:37:18 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: colorado tanker
"I almost wonder if she was shot to keep secret the full list of French officers she had slept with.

More likely to keep secret how many French officers she had seen sleeping with each other.

22 posted on 04/28/2014 4:38:11 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Talisker

How do you post that kind of graphic?


23 posted on 04/28/2014 4:38:46 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew
You have FReepmail!

:-)

24 posted on 04/28/2014 4:45:09 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Talisker
Several movies have been made about Mata Hari. I heard a few years ago that a new one was to be made starring Dita Von Teese, the burlesque artist. I don't think it was ever made.

Dita is hot, but she is well endowed, which Mata Hari was not. In fact, even though she obviously had no problem with nudity, she was very self conscious about the small size of her bust.

25 posted on 04/28/2014 4:55:13 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: PapaNew

Would they not have bound her hands before lining her up for the firing squad?


26 posted on 04/28/2014 5:26:19 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: nickcarraway

Joel Landau needs to learn to proofread.


27 posted on 04/28/2014 5:27:07 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red

Good question. Don’t know if you can tell by the picture. Makes for a good story though. Amazing how long lasting the whole thing is. Something about it I guess.


28 posted on 04/28/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: tumblindice
She learned Pole dancing in Krakow.

Or Krakwow.

FMCDH(BITS)

29 posted on 04/28/2014 5:45:36 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: PapaNew

I read she got the data that aletered the Germans to the sailing dates for Lord Kichener—they torpedoed the cruiser and he went down with the ship—puting British war goals back for weeks.


30 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:38 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Kitchener was killed in 1916 when the warship taking him to negotiations in Russia was sunk by a German mine, not by a sub.


31 posted on 04/28/2014 7:12:57 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: PapaNew

Amazing how long lasting the whole thing is. Something about it I guess.

***
Sex sells.


32 posted on 04/29/2014 4:25:49 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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