Shock and emotion after barbaric murder of Holocaust survivor in Paris

Shock and emotion after barbaric murder of Holocaust survivor in Paris

Shock and emotion after barbaric murder of Holocaust survivor in Paris

Mireille Knoll was found dead in her flat in Paris on Friday after being stabbed to death and then set alight in the anti-Semitic attack.

Mireille Knoll was stabbed 11 times in her apartment in the 11th arrondissement of Paris before her home was set on fire, according to government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, who recounted the attack on Twitter.

Knoll escaped a 1942 roundup of Jews in Paris by French police in Nazi German-occupied Paris, Poland's niezalezna.pl website reported.

The Halimi murder became a national scandal when French authorities initially declined to investigate it as an anti-Semitic attack, despite revelations that her family had testified that the suspect had confronted her with verbal slurs on a regular basis.

The suspects, one 29-year old man believed to be Knoll's neighbor, and the other a homeless man known to police, have been arrested but not charged, according to local French newspaper Le Parisian.

He was in the apartment building on the day of Knoll's death and his name was given to police by the first suspect, a police source said. It is this man, born in 1989, who was placed Saturday in custody.

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The Knoll case bears striking similarities to the murder of Sarah Halimi, a 66-year-old Orthodox Jewish physician and kindergarten teacher whom authorities suspect was murdered by her Muslim neighbor, Kobili Traoré, in April 2017.

Knoll's granddaughter was cited by niezalezna.pl as writing on her Facebook profile that she left for Israel 20 years ago, knowing that neither she nor Jews in general had a future in France. "But who would've thought that I was leaving my relatives where terrorism and cruelty would lead to such a tragedy". He said, "We also often bring in people such as doctors, entertainers and educators to Thailand, and are actively promoting the exchange of knowledge between our two countries".

France's Jewish community, the largest in Europe, has complained for years of a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes.

A spokesman for CRIF, France's Representative Council of Jewish Institutions, said he expected 'the utmost transparency in the ongoing investigation so that the reasons for this barbaric crime are revealed as soon as possible'.

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 president of CRIF, an umbrella group for French Jewish organizations, condemned the "barbaric crime", and likened it to the murder of Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman who was beaten and thrown from her balcony almost a year ago.

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