(Source for this document: Departmental archives of the Allier department 996 W 778 W 112)
Extracted from the biography established by the AFMD (Friends of the Foundation for the Memory of the Deportation of the Allier Department):
Elvire Bloch Lévy was born on November 27, 1899 in Mertzviller in the Alsatian department of the Bas-Rhin. She was the daughter of Moïse Bloch and Clémentine née HIRSCH.
She married Paul LÉVY on October 4, 1923 in Quatzenheim (Bas-Rhin) and they had a daughter Jacqueline.
They left Strasbourg to seek safety in Lapalisse (Allier department), where they resided in the Hôtel de France, Route Nationale.
In Lapalisse they were registered as French Jews under the French state’s Anti-Semitic Law of June 2, 1941.
(Source of the above document: Departmental archives of the Allier department 756 W 1)
She was recorded by the French state in 1943 as a French Jew.
Elvire, Paul, and Jacqueline were arrested in the roundup of June 30, 1944 by the Vichy Militia and the Gestapo and interned at the Mal-Coiffée German military prison in Moulins (Allier).
They were transferred to Drancy on July 15, 1944, where Elvire was attributed I.D. N° 25173.
They were deported on July 31, 1944 from Drancy to Auschwitz in convoy n° 77.
In Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France, Serge Klarsfeld writes about convoy n° 77: “The number of deportees was 1300. This convoy 77 (…) hauled toward the Auschwitz gas chambers more than 300 children under the age of 18. (…) 291 men were selected with I.D. numbers B 3673 to B 3963; the same for 283 women (A 16457 to A 16739). In 1945 there were 209 survivors, of whom 141 were women”.
She died on August 5, 1944 at Auschwitz, according to the Journal Officiel N° 98 of April 26, 1995.
“Died in deportation” according to the decree of the War Veterans Ministry on March 13, 1995, published in the Journal Officiel N° 98 of April 26, 1995.
Note: Her brother-in-law, Henri SAMUEL, and her sister-in-law Palmyre were arrested in the same roundup.
– Archives of the Allier Department 1864 W 1, 756 W 1, 996 W 123.02, 996 W 778 W 112,
– Municipal Archives of Lapalisse
– Contemporary Jewish Documentation Center
– Public Records Office of Mertzwiller (Bas-Rhin department) and of Quatzenheim (Bas-Rhin department)
– Klarsfeld, Serge: List of the transfers to Drancy on July 15, 1944
– Klarsfeld, Serge: Memorial to the Jews Deported from France : 1942-1944 1978