Paris: Brutal murder of Jewish Holocaust survivor investigated as anti-Semitic

(From DW.com)

France is home to Western Europe’s largest Jewish population. They have warned of increasing anti-Semitism in the country and criticized authorities for not taking the threat seriously.

Mireille Knoll, 85, was stabbed and burnt to death in her apartment (photo above) last week. Police have arrested two suspects, but they have not yet been charged.

One of the suspects was known to visit her regularly.

The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating whether the killing was “motivated by the real or supposed adherence to a religion,” a source told Reuters news agency…

…In 1942 Nazi occupiers rounded up more than 13,000 Parisian Jews and bought them to the Velodrome d’Hiver cycling track. Most of them were murdered at Auschwitz. Fewer than 100 survived.

Knoll escaped the roundup by fleeing with her mother to Portugal.

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