100 years since execution: Mata Hari will live-tweet her last day
Hari’s account has been curated by renowned author Paulo Coelho, who wrote ‘The Spy’, her fictionalized biography, back in 2016.
Coelho joined RT’s #1917LIVE community - the real-time Twitter-only retelling of the Russian Revolution - in September this year.
In order to bring the mysterious character to life the writer accessed MI5 archives, which he shared with the #1917LIVE team.
To this day historians still argue who Margaretha Geertruida Zelle – aka Mata Hari – was: a seductress who used her sexuality to manipulate her lovers or merely a naive woman in the hands of very powerful men.
Dutch by origin, the future lady vamp spent much time in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) with her alcoholic and abusive husband. There she revealed her artistic name of Mata Hari (literarily translated from Malay as ‘Eye of the day’).
Later, back in Paris, she started performing as an exotic dancer and led a bohemian lifestyle. At that time she was accused by the French of working as a spy for Germany during World War I and arrested. The French presented her as a lethal double agent who used her feminine powers to acquire military secrets from her many lovers. Some historians believe that Mata Hari was betrayed by the Germans.
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