Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

26/11 SUR­VIVOR MOSHE VIS­ITS MUM­BAI

RE­TURNS TO FOR­MER HOME FOR FIRST TIME SINCE PAR­ENTS’ DEATH

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It’s a very spe­cial day. Thank God that Moshe could come again. Mum­bai is a lot more safe now. RABBI HOLZTBERG NACHMAN , Moshe’s grand­fa­ther

MUM­BAI: Moshe Holtzberg, who sur­vived the 26/11 siege at Na­ri­man House, but lost his par­ents in it, re­turned to his for­mer house on Tues­day af­ter­noon, the first time since their death.

Ac­com­pa­nied by his ma­ter­nal and pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents, the 11-year-old had lunch at Na­ri­man House. Speak­ing to me­dia, af­ter Moshe’s ar­rival, Rabbi Is­rael Ko­zolo­vasky, who now heads the Jewish cen­tre at Na­ri­man House in Co­laba, said, “Fi­nally, Baby Moshe is back home for the first time af­ter the 26/11 ter­ror at­tacks. He has come to the place where he was saved by his nanny. This visit is very emo­tional for him. He is here to see the liv­ing me­mo­rial project.”

Moshe’s In­dian nanny San­dra Sa­muel also ac­com­pa­nied him.

“Shalom ... Bahut khushi [I am very happy],” a shy Moshe told news agency ANI, af­ter ar­riv­ing at the Mum­bai air­port in the morn­ing. Moshe’s grand­fa­ther Rabbi Holztberg Nachman said at the air­port they would be vis­it­ing Na­ri­man House to pray there. “It’s a very spe­cial day. Thank God that Moshe could come again. Mum­bai is a lot more safe now,” Nachman was quoted as say­ing by ANI.

The visit comes al­most six months af­ter the young boy met Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on July 5, 2017, and ex­pressed a de­sire to visit the coun­try. In­dia then is­sued 10-year mul­ti­ple en­try visas to Moshe and his grand­par­ents.

Moshe’s par­ents Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were killed in the ter­ror at­tacks in Novem­ber 2008, along with seven oth­ers. The cou­ple had moved to Mum­bai seven years ear­lier and were serv­ing as di­rec­tors of the cul­tural and out­reach cen­tre for the Chabad-Lubav­itch move­ment.

The boy, who was just two days short of turn­ing two when the at­tack took place, will un­veil a me­mo­rial ded­i­cated to the vic­tims of the 26/11 ter­ror at­tacks at Na­ri­man House, along with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, on Jan­uary 18. The work on the me­mo­rial is ex­pected to be par­tially com­plete by the 10th an­niver­sary of the at­tacks, and might open for pub­lic then.

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 ?? VIJAYANAND GUPTA/HT PHOTO ?? Moshe Holtzberg, who was 2­year­old at the time of the 26/11 siege, at the Na­ri­man House on Tues­day. This is his first visit since the at­tacks.
VIJAYANAND GUPTA/HT PHOTO Moshe Holtzberg, who was 2­year­old at the time of the 26/11 siege, at the Na­ri­man House on Tues­day. This is his first visit since the at­tacks.

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