The charred body of a Jewish grandmother who escaped Nazi-occupied Paris during the Second World War has been found at her home.
Firefighters were called to put out a blaze at a second-floor apartment in the French capital, where they discovered Mireille Knoll’s remains.
The victim had also been stabbed, as well as being set on fire.
Two men, including a neighbour, have been charged with the 85-year-old’s murder, which police are treating as an anti-Semitic attack.
Her granddaughter, Noa Goldfarb, described her as an “admirable woman” who was “full of joy” and “loved life”.
“She didn’t believe in evil in people, maybe she was a little naive,” she said.
Mrs Knoll, who fled Paris with her mother in July 1942 before the infamous Vel D’Hiv round-up of 13,000 Jews in the city, crossed the border into Portugal after her father secured her a Brazilian passport.
After the war, she married an Auschwitz survivor and moved to Canada, before returning to Paris to raise two sons.
“She was never afraid,” Mrs Goldfarb added.
The blaze at her apartment destroyed most of her belongings, including a family photo album.
Mrs Knoll had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and lived by herself, only coming out of her apartment in a wheelchair and when accompanied by a carer.
Source: Sky News