Tragic: Holocaust Survivor Murdered in France

Lucy Bush
March 28, 2018

"A preliminary examination of the elements of the crime does not reveal an anti-Semitic characteristic, but this possibility has not been discounted as police investigate further", said a spokesperson for the Jewish Community Protection Service, which works closely with the French police.

Mireille Knoll was stabbed at least 11 times before her Paris apartment was set ablaze Friday, report the Local and the BBC.

The two unnamed suspects have been indicted for "voluntary homicide because of the true or supposed religion of the victim, theft aggravated by three circumstances and degradation of the property of others by a risky means", the judicial source said Tuesday.

"Security has been stepped up at Jewish institutions, and government leaders are now more willing than ever before to speak out against anti-Semitism whenever it rears its ugly head", she says. "We waited for police to say it, and now we know the truth", Knoll's son told Army Radio of Mireille Knoll's death.

Ms. Knoll's killing comes less than a year since a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman named Sarah Halimi died in an anti-Semitic attack - she was beaten in Paris and thrown out of a window.

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In addition, Kanol's son told the French news agency AFP that one of the suspects was a regular visitor of his mother whom she treated "like a son". She had been stabbed several times and her apartment set on fire.

A police source told French media that one of them had previously been convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl who had been staying at Mireille Knoll's flat. Until the attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen in February, France was the only western country where its own citizens had killed Jews for being Jewish.

The killing has sparked an outcry, with French-Jewish organizations calling for a march in Knoll's memory on Wednesday and saying officials have to be transparent in their investigation.

The community raised concern about a rise in violent acts against Jews in France in recent years.

Knoll managed to avoid the notorious 1942 roundup of more than 13,000 Jews in Paris by fleeing with her mother to Portugal when she was 10.

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Four years later, an associate of the two brothers who massacred a group of cartoonists at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo killed four people in a hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that it was a "horrific crime", and reaffirmed his "absolute determination to fight against anti-Semitism".

In 2011, an Islamist gunman shot dead three children and a teacher and a Jewish school in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

"To survive the Holocaust, only to be brutally attacked and murdered at age 85 for being Jewish is beyond cruel".

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