Police treat killing of elderly woman in Paris as antisemitic attack

March, 2018

French investigators are treating the killing of an 85-year-old Jewish woman in Paris as an antisemitic murder, after it emerged that she had survived France’s most notorious second world war round up of Jews in 1942.

Mireille Knoll lived alone and was found dead after a fire broke out in her flat in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. 

An autopsy showed she had been stabbed several times before the fire.

Two suspects who were arrested are to appear before judges as judicial sources confirmed the death was being treated as motivated by her religion.

On a visit to Jerusalem, the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was “plausible” that Knoll was killed because of her religion and her death showed the need for a “fundamental and permanent” fight against antisemitism.


Source: The Guardian