Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Hal Vaughan
Sleeping  With The Enemy:  Coco Chanel’s Secret War
Much has been written about Coco Chanel, but Vaughan’s book covers new ground focusing on her wartime activities in Nazi occupied Paris.  Drawing on newly released American, German, French, and British wartime documents, Vaughn reveals   Chanel as a willing Nazi collaborator and German Abwehr  Special Agent F-71234 –code name  Westminister.  Despite these activities, when over 40,000 French collaborators were executed after the war,   she escapes arrest thanks to powerful friends like Winston Churchill  and systematically paying off people who might have revealed her true wartime activities. Past glossed over, she returns to France in 1954 to rebuild the House of Chanel  and  to reinvent herself.  She may have revolutionized women’s fashion, but she was a nasty piece of work.  Always the opportunist, what  Chanel wanted, Chanel got.

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