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Collaborator Coco Chanel’s affair with military intelligence officer Hans Gunther von Dincklage allowed her wartime residence at the Hotel Ritz in Paris. The directors of Parfums Chanel, the Wertheimers, were Jewish, and she used her position as an "Aryan" to claim sole ownership. She was unaware that they had anticipated Nazi anti-Jewish laws and transferred legal control of the firm to a Christian, Felix Amiot. In 1945, he returned Chanel back to the Wertheimers, foiling her disloyal…

Coco Chanel: The French fashion designer Coco Chanel ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Famous for her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, costume jewelry, and the little black dress.