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