About Josef Mandl
Brother of George Mandl-Mantello
Grandfather, Yitzchok Yaakov Mandl was related to Rabbi Yekusiel Teitelbaum, the great Hasidic Admor (grand rabbi) known by the name of his magnum opus, The Yetiev Lev.
Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Mandl had come to Transylvania from Alsace in the middle of the nineteenth century and served as the chief rabbi of Beszterce in an area of Transylvania called the Siebenbergen, or the seven mountains.
Josef's family was well to-do; his father owned a mill and held an appreciable number of shares in a bank in Beszterce.
He had two brothers and three sisters (another two brothers and a inter died in infancy). Josef played an important role in his brother George's rescue work.