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Retro Rule Five: Mata Hari

2010/02/17


From First World War.com:

“Mata Hari (1876-1917) was the stage name of the Dutch exotic dancer and prostitute Gertrud Margarete Zelle, who was shot by the French as a spy on 15 October 1917.

“Born on 7 August 1876 in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, Mata Hari’s name has since become synonymous with espionage, although it remains by no means clear that she was guilty of the spying charges for which she charged.

“The daughter of a well-to-do hatter, Mata Hari attended a teachers’ college in Leiden before, in 1895, marrying Captain Campbell MacLeod (of Scottish antecedents but serving in the Dutch army). They lived together from 1897-1902 in Java and Sumatra.

“Returning to Europe together they thereafter separated, at which point Mata Hari took to dancing upon the Paris stage from 1905, initially as ‘Lady MacLeod’ and soon after as ‘Mata Hari’, the name she retained until her execution.”


From The Execution of Mata Hari:

“In the early-morning hours of October 15, Mata Hari was awakened and taken by car from her Paris prison cell to an army barracks on the city’s outskirts where she was to meet her fate.

I am ready.

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