Holocaust survivor murdered in her Paris home

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Kaylee Bowman, Reporter

Two people in Paris, France have been arrested for the murder of a female Holocaust survivor. The attack has been labeled as an anti-Semitic act of violence by French officials.

Mireille Knoll was stabbed eleven times in her Paris apartment before the building was set on fire. One of the two suspected men was previously Knoll’s neighbor. The 27-year-old was previously arrested for sexually assaulting the daughter of Knoll’s domestic helper.

The other suspect is a 21-year-old homeless man who is widely known by the police for his outbursts of violence.

The two unnamed men 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 dangerous means, according to a police report.

“Knoll evaded the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, which was ordered by Nazi occupiers in 1942 and resulted in the mass arrest of 13,000 French Jews,” said French lawmaker Meyer Habib.

Those detained were held at the Vel’ d’Hiv cycling track in Paris before thousands were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed Knoll’s murder as a “dreadful crime” on Twitter and said: “I reaffirm my absolute determination to fight against anti-Semitism.”

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said: “All the necessary means will be mobilized so that we will figure out the motivations of the authors of this barbaric act, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our history. To attack a Jew, it is to attack France and the values that establish the foundation of the nation.”

The Jewish community in France has seen a significant increase of anti-Semitic attacks within the past year including terrorist actions. Knoll’s murder came a year after the killing of 65-year-old Sarah Halimi-Attal.

The attack has brought people together across the globe to remember Knoll and to protest against anti-semitism. CRIF called for a rally in memory of Knoll in Paris on April 4th.

Peace be with Knoll and her family.