Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old grandmother and Jewish woman, has been found stabbed to death. Her body was found in her Paris apartment—located in the 11th arrondissement—after a fire.
Law enforcement is treating the murder as an act of antisemitism. It was discovered that Mireille survived France’s most notorious World War II roundup of Jewish people—which happened back in 1942.
Law enforcement has arrested two people in connection with the murder of Mireille Knoll. Both are reported to be men in their twenties. According to judicial sources, the motivation behind the elderly woman’s brutal death was her Jewish faith.
The world lost a Holocaust survivor – because of blind hate.
May her memory be a blessing. 🕯 pic.twitter.com/E0wmhjC2pt
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) March 26, 2018
On the 25th of March, law enforcement investigators stated that they were not going to exclude any hypothesis in regard to the motivation behind the murder.
Just one day later, however, a Paris prosecutor made a statement that the attack was of an antisemitic nature.
Mireille was the widow of a survivor of Auschwitz; she had lived alone in a social housing complex. She was only nine years of age when she managed to evade the 1942 detainment—over 13,000 Parisian Jews were detained in that infamous event.
Less than 100 people survived after being taken to the Nazi concentration camps. The only reason that Mireille was saved was that her mother had a passport from Brazil.
This is just horrific, sick beyond words!
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) March 26, 2018
MP Meyer Habib, a French-Jewish politician, took to Facebook to make the claim that Mireille was killed because of her Jewish faith.
He called her the “human face of a victim” and also the victim of what he described as a “barbaric murder”.
He visited Mireille’s sons and their wives. He described the family as “steeped in humanist values” and also “destroyed by grief”.
Mireille, he said, was sweetness and goodness, suggesting that all should imagine the suffering her children and grandchildren are going through; they reside in Israel and recently arrived in Paris in order to pay Mireille a final tribute on the eve of Passover.
According to Habib, the family has given him a multitude of details—he can’t make those public at this time.
He stated that Mireille, despite being able to escape the events of 1942, died this year because of the barbarism and hatred of an Islamist—she was stabbed 11 times in the family apartment.
He said the barbarism he described is also the barbarity that kills children of the Jewish faith from Toulouse—or kills a priest who is in his church.
He said that Ms. Knoll will not be forgotten, and she will see justice returned.
According to media reports, members of France’s Jewish community have been concerned about the rise of violent anti-Semitism in recent years.
Just last month, there was the murder of Sarah Halimi, who was a 65-year-old Jewish woman. She was beaten and then thrown out a window. A judge confirmed that the aforementioned act was also motivated by anti-Semitism.
CRIF, which is an umbrella group for French Jewish organizations, made a statement regarding what happened. In the statement, it calls for authorities’ “fullest transparency”.
In the statement, CRIF said that it took the initiative to organize a rally on March 28th. It will be held at 18:30 at
Paris’ Place de la Nation. The rally, according to CRIF, was quickly joined by many organizations, institutions, and associations. In turn, they called for others to participate in the mobilization.
CRIF stated that the event really transcends the boundaries of the Jewish community. It spreads to the French national community.
With gratitude and emotion, CRIF is constantly seeing—minute by minute—seeing new participants being added.
CRIF calls on people to mobilize against hatred together—to walk to honor the memory of those missing. Finally, it urges people to be united together against terrorism.
May the memories of Mireille Knoll, Sarah Halimi, and all other French Jews killed simply because they were Jews, be a blessing pic.twitter.com/2IU7XzbIeC
— #JeSuisMireille Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) March 26, 2018
The event that Mireille survived, a Nazi-directed mass arrest of Jewish people in Paris, occurred on the 16th and 17th of July in 1942. Of the over 13,000 Jewish people “arrested”, more than 4,000 of them were children.
In 1995, French President Jacques Chirac offered apologies for the unfortunate role that French police and other civil servants played in the arrests of the 13,000 Jewish people.
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