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May 10, 2019 1:54 pm

French Police to Hold Reconstruction of Gruesome Murder of Holocaust Survivor Mireille Knoll

avatar by Ben Cohen

A button on display at a march in Paris attended by thousands of people in memory of murdered Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll. Photo: Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes.

French police will next week hold a reconstruction of the 2018 killing of Mireille Knoll — the 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who was robbed and brutally murdered in her Paris apartment by two intruders, in a crime apparently rooted in an antisemitic motive.

The reconstruction will take place on May 16 with the aim of establishing the motives and criminal responsibility of the two men charged with killing Mireille Knoll, one of whom was a Muslim neighbor who had known her from his childhood.

Knoll’s neighbor, 28-year-old Yacine Mihoub, met his fellow accomplice, 21-year-old Alex Carrimbacus, during a prison sentence he was serving in 2016. Both men were charged with murder aggravated by antisemitism after Knoll’s partly-burned body with multiple stab wounds was discovered on Mar. 23, 2018 by firefighters who arrived at her Paris apartment to extinguish a blaze started by the two assailants.

Carrimbacus subsequently blamed Mihoub for the antisemitic dimension of the murder, claiming that Mihoub had told him that Jews always had plenty of money and a “good situation.” Carrimbacus also alleged that Mihoub had shouted the Muslim slogan, “Allahu Akhbar,” before stabbing Knoll to death with a knife. In turn, Mihoub has told police that it was Carrimbacus who insulted and then killed Knoll, while flatly denying that antisemitism was a motive for either of them.

Knoll’s murder came almost a year after the violent killing of another Jewish woman — 65-year-old Sarah Halimi — who also lived alone in public housing in the same Paris neighborhood. While Halimi’s plight at the hands of an Islamist intruder was virtually ignored for several weeks after her murder on April 4, 2017, Knoll’s death was widely reported to a shocked public and strongly condemned across the French political spectrum for both its antisemitic nature and sheer brutality.

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