Mandel, George, born 05-08-1885 in Chatou, France, worked as a journalist in Paris and worked for Georges Clemenceau, minister of war in the government died age 87, on 24-01-1929. He also helped Clemenceau control the press and the trade union movement during the First World War. In 1934 Mandel entered the government as postal minister. He also became a strong advocate of a military alliance with the Soviet Union to control the actions of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. He also opposed the Munich Agreement of 1939 and the policy of appeasement with Arthur Neville Chamberlain.
Room 105 on the Königsplatz in Munich didn’t change. Mandel was accused of those on the right of being a warmonger and claimed he was being influenced by his Jewish ancestry. In September 1939 Mandel argued that the French Army should fight an offensive war. After the armistice in June 1940 Mandel was forced to flee to Morocco. However, he was arrested and imprisoned by General Charles Nogues, Inspector General, on the orders of Pierre Laval and deported to Nazi Germany. When Charles De Gaulle
began arresting those involved in the Vichy government in June 1943, Nogues fled to Portugal and died old age 95, on 20-04-1971, in Paris.Sir Winston Churchill, who described Mandel as “the first resister” tried to arrange his rescue but it was unsuccessful. Mandel was turned over to the Gestapo and together with Leon Blum was sent to Buchenwald, he survived the camp and died age 76, on 30-03-1950. When the German Army invaded France in May 1940, Blum escaped to southern France but Henri-Philippe Petain ordered his arrest. Along with Edouard Daladier and Paul Reynaud he was tried in February, 1942, for betraying his country. He was handed over to the Germans who held him prisoner until 1945.
Death and burial ground of Mandel, George “Louis George Rothschild”.
Georges Mandel was returned to France where he was murdered by the Milice, under Joseph Darnand on 07-07-1944, age 58 and is buried on the Cimentière du Passy, Paris.