André Ludwig was born in the commune of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne département, Île-de-France region, France, on 6 June 1912. Ludwig married Yvonne in 1935; the couple had a daughter (aged about 80 in 2015). However, the last time he saw his daughter was when she was aged 20.
In 1939, he was mobilized for World War II. In 1940, he was made a prisoner in Épinal (Vosges department, Grand Est), and was deported to Poland. In 1942, he escaped but was caught again, and spent 40 more days in jail. He was sent to a labor camp in Germany, but managed to escape again, and joined the Zone libre (in France) to shelter his family. He also joined the French Resistance in the east of the country. Ludwig finished his career as a middle manager, retired in 1972, and moved with his wife to Longué-Jumelles.
His wife passed away in 2012, aged 99. In 2015, he moved into a nursing home.