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Friedrich Mandl

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Friedrich Mandl (9 February 1900 in Vienna - 8 September 1977 in 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 Rudiger Starhemberg, the commander of the Austrian fascist private army ("Heimwehr") leader, whom he furnished with weapons and ammunition.

From 1933 to 1937, Mandl was notably married to actress Hedy Kiesler, who would later become known as Hedy Lamarr in Hollywood. Mandl stopped her acting career, bought all copies of her infamous film Exstase, and made her stay at Castle Schwarzenau until she ran away in 1937. Mandl's last of several marriages was to Monika Brucklmeier, daughter of Eduard Brucklmeier, an accessory executed for his involvement in the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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