Coco Chanel spent WWII collaborating with the Nazis, says a new book that outlines her life.
According to US journalist Hal Vaughn, author of 'Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War' the fashion icon was: 'Fiercely anti-Semitic long before it became a question of pleasing the Germans, she became rich by catering to the very rich, and shared their dislike of Jews, trade unions, socialism, Freemasons, and communism.'
The book also claims that in 1940 Coco was recruited into the Abwehr and had a lover, Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, who was honoured by Hilter and Goebbels in the war.
Vaughn, who is Amercian but lives in Paris, writes that 'grande couturi?' Coco collaborated and slept with the German agent, dabbled in Nazi foreign policy, and shared the opinions about Jews of her ex-lover the Duke of Westminster.
The designer was labeled in Abwehr records as Agent F-7124, writes Vaughn.
Her code name was even 'Westminster' after the anti-semitic Duke.
She joins reams of esteemed French artists who collaborated with the murderous Nazis - including Maurice Chevalier, Jean Cocteau, Sacha Guitry, Serge Lifar, and Edith Piaf.
Staff and owners of many great French businesses like Cartier are also reported to have been enablers and sympathisers.
Agent F-7124... how fashion icon Coco Chanel ‘worked for Nazis’
Last updated at 3:26 PM on 16th August 2011