Fredrich Alexander Maria Fritz Mandl (1900 - 1977)

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Nicknames: "Friedrich"
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Birthplace: Wien, Österreich
Death: Died in Wien, Österreich
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About Fredrich Alexander Maria Fritz Mandl

Friedrich Mandl (9 February 1900, Vienna - 8 September 1977, Vienna) was chairman of Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik, a leading Austrian armaments firm founded by his father, Alexander Mandl. Mandl was a prominent fascist, but rather attached to the Austrofascism and Italian varieties than to Nazism. In the 1930s he became close to Prince Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg, the commander of the Austrian fascist private army ("Heimwehr") leader, whom he furnished with weapons and ammunition. Following incorporation of Austria into Nazi Germany with the Anschluss of 1938, Mandl's remaining property which had not yet been transferred to Swiss ownership was seized, since he had supported the separatist Austrofascism and his father was Jewish. Despite Mandl's Jewish heritage, his then-wife Hedy Lamarr wrote in her autobiography 'Ecstacy and Me' that both Italian dictator Benito Mussollini and German dictator Adolf Hitler attended Mandl's parties. Lamarr described Mandl as extremely controlling, and wrote that she escaped only by disguising herself as a maid and fleeing to Paris, where she obtained a divorce. Until 1940, Mandl tried to establish contact with Hermann Göring's office in order to supply Germany with iron. Mandl later moved to Brazil and then to Argentina, where he became a citizen and remarried. In Argentina he served as an advisor to Juan Perón and attempted a new role as film producer. He also founded a new airplane manufacturing firm, Industria Metalúrgica y Plástica Argentina. Mandl became a leading member of Argentina's social circles. He acquired homes in Mar del Plata and a castle in Córdoba and a petit hotel in Buenos Aires. He worked closely with French designer Jean-Michel Frank who was then artistic director of Comte S.A. who produced most of Mandl's furnishings. After the war, he returned to Austria. From 1933 to 1937, Mandl was married to Jewish actress "Hedy" Kiesler, who would later become known as Hedy Lamarr in Hollywood. Mandl is rumoured to have attempted to bring a halt to her acting career and to purchase all copies of her infamous film Ecstasy (1933), in which she appeared nude. Mandl's last of several marriages was to Monika Brücklmeier, daughter of Eduard Brücklmeier, an accessory executed for his involvement in the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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Fredrich Mandl's Timeline

1900
February 9, 1900
Wien, Österreich
1933
1933
Age 32
1937
1937
Age 36
1952
January 21, 1952
Age 51
Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
1977
September 8, 1977
Age 77
Wien, Österreich