Femme fatale? German spy? French spy? Mata Hari's origin story and her espionage during World War I are clouded by the legends surrounding her. With more recently declassified documents, historians have a better understanding of her role spying for the Germans. An intriguing video investigates how a clever woman used her skills as an exotic dancer to gather information.
- Use the video to stimulate discussion of gender roles during World War I
- Offer the biography to budding historians as research on women in World War I
- Video images include nude and semi-nude pictures and may not be suitable for all classrooms
- Part of Who Did What in World War I? series
- Engrossing narration situates Mata Hari's story into a larger social context
- Engaging pictures invite learner interest in the biography
- The biography does not evaluate Hari's effects on the war