Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Jewish society 'tart' was a spy

The Times
September 04, 2006
Society 'tart' who evaded the clutches of wartime intelligence

Newly declassified files from the National Archives reveal MI5 fears over spying

A HUNGARIAN woman of lowly origins who inveigled her way into British high society and married an earl was suspected of being the Mata Hari of the Second World War, according to MI5 files released yesterday.
Malwina Gertler, who became Lady Howard of Effingham, was as exotic as Mata Hari, the stage name of Margaretha Zelle, a dancer and courtesan who was executed by firing squad for espionage in 1917.


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