Matthew Cunningham
Fictional Character
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 20th century
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Murder
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: United States Army (World War II)

Matthew[1] Cunningham (d. 1945) was an American private stationed in Frankfurt, Germany after World War II. He was kidnapped by the German Freedom Front in late 1945 and forced to appear in a prepared film in which he stated the GFF's demands that the occupation forces must leave Germany. He added to this the information that he had been informed he would be executed if these demands were not met. Copies of the film were quickly circulated throughout Germany and soon the world.

No effort was ever made to save Cunningham or negotiate for his life, but neither Reinhard Heydrich nor his opponents were much surprised, given the nature of the demands.

After publicity around Cunningham's plight was allowed to build for a short while, Cunningham's body was found near Regensberg.