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SPIES! Mata Hari's Daughters: Women and Espionage in World War II ~ JUL 26

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Mata Hari, the famous spy of WWI, was a dancer who tried to leverage her love affairs with officers on both sides of the war. The best female agents of WWII were much more successful. Their careers are among the most fascinating, and least remembered, stories of espionage in WWII. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, July 26, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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Mata Hari, the famous spy of WWI, was an exotic dancer who tried to leverage her love affairs with officers on both sides of the conflict. Tried for treason, she faced a French firing squad. In contrast, the best female agents of WWII were much more successful. Their careers are among the most fascinating, and least remembered, stories of espionage and resistance in WWII. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, July 26, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.