Police treat killing of elderly girl in Paris as antisemitic attack

Two suspects apprehended after Mireille Knoll, 85, was found dead in her flat on Friday

French examiners are treating the killing of an 85 -year-old Jewish woman in Paris as an antisemitic assassination, 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 11 th arrondissement on Friday night. An autopsy depicted she had been stabbed several times before the fire.

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

As a child, Knoll had managed to evade the notorious July 1942 roundup by French police of more than 13,000 Jews in Paris, who were detained at the Vel d’Hiv cycling track before being sent to their deaths in Nazi camps. More than 4,000 of those rounded up were children. Fewer than 100 of the Jews imprisoned at the Vel d’Hiv and then sent to the camps survived.

After the war Knoll settled in Paris and married a Holocaust survivor, who died in the early 2000 s.

” We are really in shock ,” said her son.” I don’t understand how someone could kill a woman who has no money and who lives in a social housing complex .”

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