18 Aug '11, 8am

Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy, claims new book

NEW YORK - A new book about the life of Coco Chanel published in the United States on Tuesday aims to strengthen claims that the French designer collaborated with the Nazis during World War II as a spy code-named "Westminster", named after the Duke of Westminster with whom she had a love affair. The book, Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War, by Paris-based American journalist Hal Vaughan, claims that not only was the designer the lover of a German officer, Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, but that they were also spies who went on missions to Madrid and Berlin. The book also claims Coco Chanel, who died in 1971, was deeply anti-Semitic in her outlook. But a representative for the Chanel fashion house on Tuesday poured doubt on the book's allegations. "What's certain is that she had a relationship with a German aristocrat during the war. Clearly it wasn't the ...

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