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‘Baby’ Moshe Holtzberg, survivor of 26/11 terror attacks, back in Mumbai

Moshe arrived this morning from Tel Aviv and landed at the Mumbai airport at around 8.15 am. During his visit, Moshe will unveil a 'live memorial' for the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks.

26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg arrives in Mumbai. Photo: Oren Rosenfeld

Moshe Holtzberg, one of the youngest survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, arrived in the city for the first time since 2008, when he lost both his parents – Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka Holtzberg – at Chabad House, South Mumbai. Now 11, Moshe was not even two at the time of the attack and was saved by his nanny Sandra Samuel.

“It is a very special day. Thank God that Moshe could come again. Mumbai is a lot more safe now,” Rabbi Holztberg Nachman, Moshe’s grandfather said, speaking to the media outside the Mumbai airport.

Moshe arrived this morning from Tel Aviv and landed at the Mumbai airport at around 8.15 am. During his visit, Moshe will unveil a ‘live memorial’ for the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks at Chabad House. The 11-year-old is also keen on visiting the Taj and the Gateway of India. “He is returning to the house where his mother last kissed him, his father last hugged him. It would be a very emotional homecoming for him and we can only care for his well-being,” Rabbi Kozlovsky said.

Moshe’s grandparents, nanny Sandra Samuels, and a psychologist are travelling to India along with him.

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Moshe with his grandfather outside the Mumbai Airport. Express Photo

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met Moshe, who was two years old during the time of the attack, along with his grandparents Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and Yehudit Rosenberg. Modi also met Moshe’s Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who in 2008 ran from Nariman House to escape from terrorists.

Moshe Holtzberg poses with his maternal grandparents at Nariman (Chabad) House, on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. (Photo: Chabad Lubavitch)

“Aapka swagat hai humare desh mein,” Moshe said in his welcome speech for Modi. “I want to ask you something from all of us: Please continue to love me forever. Thank you. And always remember my parents. I live in Afula, but I remember our connection to Nariman House…. I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai and when I get older, I live there…. Dear Mr Modi, I love you and the people in India,” he said.

Moshe Holtzberg, fondly known as Baby Moshe, share a light moment together with Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, co-director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, with his son, Gabi, named for Moshe’s father on his lap, at Nariman (Chabad) House on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. (Photo: Chabad Lubavitch)

Modi also met Moshe’s Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who in 2008 ran from Nariman House to escape from terrorists. Moshe’s parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah, were serving as emissaries of Nariman House when they were killed along with six others by terrorists. The Nariman House, also known as Chabad House in Mumbai, was one of the five places targeted by the terrorists who killed 166 people.

Moshe Holtzberg tours the rebuilt Nariman (Chabad) House with his grandfather, Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. (Photo: Chabad Lubavitch)

Moshe’s parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah, were serving as emissaries of Nariman House when they were killed along with six others by terrorists. The Nariman House, also known as Chabad House in Mumbai, was one of the five places targeted by the terrorists who killed 166 people.

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