New Delhi: Moshe, the now 11-year-old survivor of the 26/11 attacks, still has a taste for spicy Indian food, his former Indian nanny said. In 2008, the diminutive woman became a hero when she rescued Moshe during the attack on Nariman House and ran to save his life.
“Oh, he likes chillies. He likes to sprinkle chilli flakes on his pizzas. Also, he asks for chillies with his meals. He used to love rajma and bhindi when he was a baby, they don’t make it nicely here (Israel),” Sandra Samuel told the Indian Express.
Moshe was only two years old when his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg were killed by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in the Nariman House attack in Mumbai in 2008.
Nariman House, later renamed Chabad House, was one of the sites targeted by terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Eight Israelis were killed by the terrorists in the attacks.
Samuel, now living in Jerusalem, said she visits her “Sonu” every weekend. Samuel was honored by the Israeli government with the title of ‘Righteous Gentile’, the highest award given to non-Jews. The government also allowed her an extended stay in the country.
Eight years after the attack, she now works at Aleh Jerusalem Center, a rehabilitation home for disabled children. Every Saturday night she takes Bus No. 959 to Afula, 95 km away, where Moshe lives with Rivkah’s parents, she said.
Samuel said while Moshe was too young at the time of the 26/11 attack but she is prepared to tell him everything when he wants to know. “But I am waiting for him to ask those questions. I remember everything, it’s like a framed picture or a movie in my head. Those hellish moments are stuck in my head,” she said.
“I worked with his family as a nanny for the first three-four years, till he became six years old, and then moved to Jerusalem for full-time work as a nanny for disabled children. Those years were quite challenging because of Moshe. I had to keep all my emotions in check. I had to be very strong for him,” the Indian Express quoted her saying.
According to the official schedule, Modi is expected to meet Moshe and his family during his visit to Israel, starting on Tuesday.