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Book alleges Coco Chanel was Nazi spy

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  • A new book alleges that iconic French fashion designer Coco Chanel was an anti-Semite and a Nazi spy.

      A new book alleges that iconic French fashion designer Coco Chanel was an anti-Semite and a Nazi spy.

 
Associated Press

PARIS -- A new book alleges that iconic French fashion designer Coco Chanel was an anti-Semite and a Nazi spy.

"Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret Wars," by American historian Hal Vaughan, contends Chanel was an agent of Germany's Abwehr military intelligence organization that undertook wartime missions to Berlin and Madrid.

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The book is based in part on documents from archives in Germany, France, Britain and Switzerland.

The House of Chanel said the book's claims about Chanel's alleged anti-Semitism "cannot go unchallenged." It said: "More than 57 books have been written about Gabrielle Chanel. ... We would encourage you to consult some of the more serious ones."

The book was released Tuesday.

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