Fritz Mandl (1900 – 1977) was an Austrian-born arms manufacturer who moved to Argentina during the early Forties. Although he was partial to the Mussolini school of Fascism, he maintained ties with the Nazis and worked tirelessly with Juan Peron to create a Fascist state in Argentina:
"Today Mandl is operating in Argentina under the new name of Federico Mendl. 'Don Federico' is making 'toothpaste tubes' that drop bombs and 'bicycles' that shoot 250 bullets a minute for the Fascist clique ruling Argentina. He is the number one arms producer of Argentina and probably of all South America.... The Argentine Fascists, with considerable egging on from Mandl, are promoting plans to make Argentina the 'guardian' of South America and to kick out 'Yanqui' influence below the Panama Canal."
"When I returned to America I asked an official of the U.S. Office of War Information, who had followed Mandl's movements for years, what he thought:
"Mandl is one of the most dangerous men in the world. I am convinced he has his fingers in all of the conspiracies against democracy in his part of the hemisphere and I know he has something to do with the deposits of Nazi funds in South America." (Germans have at least $700,000,000 in hidden and declared wealth in Argentina.)
Today, Mandll is largely remembered for being one of Heddy Lamarr's six husbands.
More about Mandl's collaboration with Juan Peron can be read here...
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