Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Moshe Holtzberg Returns to Mumbai

Moshe Holtzberg, the young boy whose parents were killed at a Chabad Center in Mumbai during a 2008 terror attack, returned to that city for the first time Tuesday to visit the site of the attack with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi for a six-day visit Sunday and will travel to Mumbai on Thursday where he will visit the Chabad Center where Holtzberg’s parents, Rabbi Gabriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah, were gunned down as 10 Muslim militants rampaged through Mumbai in a three-day siege. Netanyahu is to unveil a memorial to 166 people killed in the attacks.

Moshe was 2 at the time of the attack and was carried to safety by his nanny, who found him by his parents’ bodies. Holtzberg’s parents were emissaries of the Chabad movement living in Mumbai at the time.

On Tuesday afternoon the 11-year-old boy visited the Chabad Center along with his grandparents.

He’s coming back to “the very place where his life was miraculously saved by his Indian nanny.”

Sandra Samuels, Moshe’s nanny, traveled to Israel with him after his parents were killed and was given Israeli citizenship in 2010. On Tuesday she accompanied the boy and his relatives as they arrived in Mumbai.

Netanyahu will unveil a memorial in Chabad House to all the victims of the Mumbai attack, no matter their religion or where they were killed, but there will be a special memorial to Moshe’s parents, “who dedicated their lives to establish this center and they have run it until the last breath of their life.” Moshe will be present at that ceremony.

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