A biography of mata hari a seductive spy in the 1900s
In a world where women were subjugated, Margaretha, a resourceful survivor with a lust for life, wanted an escape.
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However, hers contained a photograph that obviously intrigued the army captain. Slowly and indifferently, it seemed, she pulled on a pair of black kid gloves. Start your free trial today for unlimited access to Britannica. Because I really did not spy, it is terrible that I cannot defend myself". Her execution merited a scant four paragraphs inside The New York Times, which called her "a woman of great attractiveness and with a romantic history. She would die courageously. By , she had fallen in love with a young Russian officer, Vadim de Masloff, and as a consequence switched her allegiance, and offered to work for the French. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. The family returned to Amsterdam in , but MacLeod too had become tired of the arrangement and he deserted the family. It happened while reading the advertisements in the Het Nieuwes van den Dag. She and MacLeod divorced in Citation Information. MacLeod took a new post in the jungle, where Margaretha became ill with typhoid fever.
She gave herself this stage name when she joined a dance company while living in Indonesia. The divorce became final in Wales recorded her death, saying that after the volley of shots rang out, "Slowly, inertly, she settled to her knees, her head up always, and without the slightest change of expression on her face.
Before long she was working as a reassuringly expensive prostitute, hired by a variety of men in positions of authority. She had begun her career late in life and by she was years-old. Unlucky Number As you may have noticed, the number 13 was a very significant number which kept coming back to Hari throughout her life.
But during the War, it also elicited suspicion of espionage.
But when he abandoned his family for another woman, and Margaretha's mother died soon after, the teenage girl found herself in dreadful circumstances. She did, however, blow a kiss to her executioners in her final moments.
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According to the testimony of journalist Henry Wales, Hari refused to be blindfolded as she faced the firing squad who were about to take her life. MacLeod was legally required to pay support , which he never did, making life very difficult for Zelle and her daughter. It is contended by some historians that Mata Hari may have merely accepted money from the Germans without actually carrying out any spy duties. Jeanne later died at the age of 21, also possibly from complications relating to syphilis. Her only problem was her age. On October 15, , Mata Hari was executed by a firing squad. She placed this cloak over the heavy silk kimono which she had been wearing over her nightdress. Traces Of War However, Zelle's world changed drastically when her family went bankrupt in and her mother died two years later. For all the demand her body had previously inspired, nobody wanted it once she had died. Despite the growing tension in Europe in the years leading up to World War I, Mata Hari foolishly knew no borders with her lovers, who included German officers.
As a Dutch subject, Zelle was thus able to cross national borders freely. It is contended by some historians that Mata Hari may have merely accepted money from the Germans without actually carrying out any spy duties.
Jeanne later died at the age of 21, also possibly from complications relating to syphilis. The impresario Guimet decorated the museum's stage with a statue of Siva the Hindu God of destruction and reproductionbefore which was a bowl of burning oil, employed four other dancers, and lit the whole scene in candlelight.
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