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 Mata Hari

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Mata Hari Famous memorial

Original Name
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle
Birth
Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden Municipality, Friesland, Netherlands
Death
15 Oct 1917 (aged 41)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial
Donated to Medical Science
Memorial ID
5820 View Source

World War I Figure. She moved with her husband to East Java where she became educated on the Hindu and Oriental culture. She returned to Europe and divorced her abusive husband. She moved to Paris and began a career of an exotic dancer, claiming to be of oriental background and changing her name to Mata Hari. She met many rich and influential men including high-ranking military figures. When WWI broke out, she had ties in both Germany and France as well as other countries. Mata was apparently asked to be a spy by both sides, but controversy surrounds as to if she really provided any valuable information. She was arrested as a spy, tried in court, and convicted. Mata Hari was executed by firing squad. Since no one claimed her body afterwards, her body was then donated to science.

World War I Figure. She moved with her husband to East Java where she became educated on the Hindu and Oriental culture. She returned to Europe and divorced her abusive husband. She moved to Paris and began a career of an exotic dancer, claiming to be of oriental background and changing her name to Mata Hari. She met many rich and influential men including high-ranking military figures. When WWI broke out, she had ties in both Germany and France as well as other countries. Mata was apparently asked to be a spy by both sides, but controversy surrounds as to if she really provided any valuable information. She was arrested as a spy, tried in court, and convicted. Mata Hari was executed by firing squad. Since no one claimed her body afterwards, her body was then donated to science.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 5 Jul 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 5820
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5820/mata-hari: accessed ), memorial page for Mata Hari (7 Aug 1876–15 Oct 1917), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5820; Donated to Medical Science; Maintained by Find a Grave.