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Holocaust survivor murder appeal renewed 45 years on

The family of a holocaust survivor murdered 27 years after being liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have made a fresh appeal to bring her killer to justice.

Emmy Werner, aged 34 Credit: Met Police

Emmy Werner was found by a chambermaid at Queens Hotel in Bayswater the day after a trip to the theatre in September 1972.

She had been strangled and police believe her attacker had been intending to steal from her as she slept.

Emmy aged 58 with her granddaughters, Carolyn and Suzanne, as children Credit: Met Police

In 1942, she was taken with her husband Albert and daughter Heddy to the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague, where tens of thousands of people were killed by guards, or by malnutrition and disease.

Months before the end of the war, Albert was taken to Auschwitz, where he was killed in February 1945. Emmy and Heddy, then 17, were liberated with the Allied advance that May.

Queens Hotel Credit: Met Police

45 years after her murder in London, detectives from the Met Police hope a fresh appeal for witnesses could encourage people to come forward with information about her assailant.

Emmy Werner, aged 60 Credit: Met Police

My grandmother was a vulnerable woman and no one should have to die like she did, especially after the trauma she had already endured.

The effect on her close family continues to be a source of great sadness to us and we feel whoever killed her should be held to account.

– Carolyn Franks, Emmy's granddaughter
  • The night before the attack, Werner had been to see a West End show at the Vaudeville Theatre
  • She is thought to have settled into bed at around 8.30pm, before the attack in the early hours of the morning
  • Officers hope to trace people who used to work in and visited the hotel in the 1970s, who were mostly of different nationalities, including German holidaymakers and Swedish staff

Although many years have now passed since Emmy's death, it remains particularly difficult for her family that she survived the horrors of the Holocaust yet died in such brutal circumstances. Emmy was 68 years old and was physically and mentally vulnerable due to her past. The hotel served a mixture of guests and employed a number of staff who were spoken to by police at the time. However, with the passage of time, it is possible that the events of that night have since been discussed and there is information that could be really useful to our inquiry. Or maybe someone who was scared to speak to officers at the time might now feel able to come forward. Did you stay or work at the hotel or in the area of Inverness Terrace, west London, in the early 1970s? Has anyone told you anything in confidence that you feel you should now disclose to police? We would also be interested in speaking to the friends - one from the hotel and an Italian woman - who Emmy went to the theatre with that night in case they have any useful information.

– Detective Inspector Susan Stansfield