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Von Wiesner, Austrian Monarchist Leader, Dead in Vienna

February 1, 1940
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The death in Vienna of Baron Friedrich von Wiesner, Austrian monarchist leader, who has been under arrest since the Anschluss, was reported here today. He was 69 years old.

Monarchist circles here said the Baron, who advocated restoration of the Hapsburg monarchy with the Archduke Otto on the throne, had for some time after the Nazi occupation of Austria been kept in a German jail but had been returned to Vienna, where he was confined to his home under Nazi guard.

The Baron, who was a Catholic of Jewish origin, was one of the most prominent diplomats in the old Austria. Educated at Vienna University, he entered the judicial service in 1896 and later was Judge of the Baden and Vienna tribunals. In 1911 he was Secretary of the Austro-Hungarian Foreign Office and six years later he became its press chief. At the time of his arrest, in March, 1938, he was acting president of the Iron Ring, the Austrian monarchist organization.

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