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Coco Chanel spied for Nazis throughout WWII: book

New York , Sat, 13 Aug 2011 ANI

New York, August 13 (ANI): Iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel spent WWII collaborating with the Nazis as their intelligence operative, a shocking new book on her life has revealed.


Journalist Hal Vaughan reports in a new book, "Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War" that in 1940, Chanel was recruited into the German military organization Abwehr, through one of her lovers, Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a German agent who was honored by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels during the war, reports the New York Post.


Dincklage, alleges that Vaughan, "managed Chanel's relations with Nazi officialdom in Paris and Berlin," and arranged for her to live in the Hotel Ritz in occupied Paris, which had been reserved for Nazi officials.


The designer was labeled in Abwehr records as Agent F-7124, he claims.


Her code name was Westminster, borrowed from Chanel's longtime friend and sometime lover, the Duke of Westminster.


The book says Chanel used her Nazi ties to try to regain ownership of Chanel No. 5 perfume from her Jewish partners, the Wertheimers, who produced and distributed her fragrance across the world.


Her bid was unsuccessful, as the Wertheimers had shielded their businesses before fleeing to the US. Chanel No. 5 went on to be the biggest-selling fragrance in history.


Chanel later fled to Switzerland with Dincklage for nine years until she returned to Paris at 70.


She was never charged for any involvement with the Nazis, and died in 1971. (ANI)


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