Esther Mandel was born on September 6, 1900 in BORYSLAW, Poland
The Mandel family lived at n° 62 rue Saint-Antoine in the 4th district of Paris. Julien and Esther had two sons, Paul (born in 1922) and Izy (born in 1924), both in Boryslaw, Poland, and three daughters, Annette (1933), Bella (1935), and Monique (1941), born in Paris.
Julien and his sons were arrested in the Vel d’Hiv roundup. Julien was sent to Drancy and deported to Auschwitz in convoy 12 on July 29, 1942. Paul and Izy, respectively 19 and 18 years old, were sent to Pithiviers and then deported to Auschwitz on July 31, 1942. None of them came back.
The three girls, hidden with a family in the Nièvre department, who are counted among the Just, were visited by their mother in January, 1944. Despite being urged to remain in hiding with her daughters, Esther returned to Paris, hoping for news of Julien and their sons. Arrested on July 25, 1944, she was sent to Drancy and deported on July 31, 1944 in convoy 77 to Auschwitz, whence she would not return.