France: Prosecutors say murder of Holocaust survivor by Muslim terrorists was anti-Semitic

Two Muslim terrorists who murdered 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll in her Paris apartment will stand trial for murder aggravated by anti-Semitic hatred, prosecutors said.

Mireille Knoll was found burnt, raped and stabbed 11 times by Yacine Mihoub, 28, a son of her neighbor who had known her all his life, and his friend Alex Carrimbacus, 22.

Carrimbacus had said during questioning that he and Mihoub targeted Knoll for robbery because she was Jewish, a claim denied by Mihoub. Both Muslim murderers have pleaded not guilty.

At age 9, Mireille fled Paris to escape a notorious World War II roundup of Paris Jews. French police herded some 13,000 people — including more than 4,000 children — into the Vel d’Hiv stadium in 1942 and shipped them to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Fewer than 100 survived.

A family member with Brazilian citizenship helped Knoll and other relatives escape Nazi-occupied territory for southern Europe and then Canada. She returned to France only after the end of the war.

Over the years her grandchildren and other French Jews moved to Israel, but Knoll stayed in her beloved Paris, living nearly her whole life in the modest apartment on Avenue Philippe Auguste.

Like many who survived Nazi horrors, Mireille Knoll embraced life, eating out and going to the theatre despite limited means. Even as age and Parkinson’s disease took their toll, she delighted in receiving guests — until one of them stabbed the 85-year-old to death because she was Jewish.