Shoah sur­vivor is bru­tally mur­dered

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - FROM HENRY BEN­JAMIN, SYD­NEY

AN 81-YEAR-OLD Holo­caust sur­vivor was vi­o­lently mur­dered in the exclusive Syd­ney sub­urb of Belle­vue Hill last week.

The body of Hun­gar­ian-born Kathy Sch­weitzer was dis­cov­ered inside a wheelie bin in the apart­ment block where she lived. She had been stran­gled. Po­lice spokesper­son Ge­orgie Wells told the JC: “The neigh­bours had been try­ing to lo­cate her to de­liver a mes­sage but could not find her.”

Mrs Sch­weitzer’s doc­tor has told po­lice that she had phoned him at around 2pm on the day she was mur­dered. He tried to call her back but could not make con­tact.

He went to the fifth-floor flat later in the day. A neigh­bour let him in and they were slip­ping a note un­der her door when they spot­ted the wheelie bin in the cor­ri­dor. The neigh­bour was sus­pi­cious as to why it would be there, in­ves­ti­gated and dis­cov­ered Mrs Sch­weitzer’s body.

Mrs Sch­weitzer, who sur­vived the Holo­caust in hid­ing, lost her fam­ily at the hands of the Nazis.

At her funeral on Tues­day she was mourned by a group of about 80 shocked friends and as­so­ciates — and

Kathy Sch­weitzer: stran­gled to death a large throng of me­dia, who have been gripped by the grisly mur­der since her body was dis­cov­ered last Wed­nes­day.

De­liv­er­ing the eu­logy, Rabbi David Rogut, the spir­i­tual leader of the Sir Moses Mon­te­fiore Jewish Home, where Mrs Sch­weitzer was a life gov­er­nor, said she “leaves be­hind an en­tire city and coun­try mourn­ing her tragic death.”

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