Mireille Knoll, Holocaust Survivor Murdered in Brutal Antisemitic Attack, Honored in Paris Street-Naming Ceremony
The street in Paris named in honor of Mireille Knoll, murdered in an antisemitic attack in 2018. Photo: Guillaume Bontemps/Ville de Paris
Mireille Knoll, the 85-year-old Holocaust survivor murdered in her Paris apartment in a horrific antisemitic attack in 2018, has been commemorated in the French capital with a street named in her honor.
In a ceremony on Tuesday, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, inaugurated the “Allée Mireille Knoll” in the city’s 11th arrondissement, where Knoll resided, accompanied by local dignitaries and Jewish leaders.
Knoll was murdered in her apartment on the Avenue Philippe-Auguste on March 23, 2018. Firefighters who arrived at Knoll’s building later that night to answer an emergency call discovered her partially-burned body with 11 stab wounds.
Two men, Yacine Mihoub, 31, and his associate Alex Carrimbacus, 26, have been charged with the killing. The pair were understood to have targeted Knoll after Mihoub, a neighbor of Knoll’s since the age of eight, told Carrimbacus that she would have plenty of money as she was Jewish. Mihoub and Carrimbacus, who met each other in prison, have lengthy criminal records for offenses including theft, possession of narcotics and violence. Mihoub additionally has a conviction for sexual assault.
A police investigation following Knoll’s death established that Mihoub was attracted to Islamist ideas and slogans, and was already known to the authorities for having praised the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the deadly Islamist terror attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015.
According to the newspaper Le Figaro, Mihoub was also “compulsively addicted to antisemitic websites and a staunch defender of Hamas.”
In Nov. 2020, Mihoub and Carrimbacus lost an appeal to have the aggravating circumstance of antisemitism removed from the charge sheet. They will go on trial on Oct. 25 with the proceedings expected to last for a month.
Tuesday’s unveiling of the street in Knoll’s honor fulfilled the pledge made by Hidalgo shortly after the killing. The street sign carries a text explaining that Knoll was “lamentably tortured and murdered because she was born a Jew. An innocent victim of obscurantism and antisemitic hatred at the age of 85.”