Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Meet 'Baby' Moshe and His Indian Nanny Sandra Samuels Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as a two-year-old, on Wednesday.
In this December 11, 2008 photo, two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg is held by his grandmother Yehudit Rosenberg and a domestic help during a condolence prayer meeting in a synagogue for those killed by terrorists at Chabad House during the 26/11 attacks. (REUTERS)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as a two-year-old, on Wednesday. The PM, who is on a three-day visit to Israel, will also meet Sandra Samuels, the Indian nanny who had saved Baby Moshe during the attack.
Moshe was orphaned when his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg, serving as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai, were killed along with six others by LeT terrorists at the Nariman House, also popularly known as Chabad House during the 26/11 attacks. His nanny Sandra was awarded an honourary citizenship by the Government of Israel so she could live in the country and care for Moshe, who is now 10-years-old. Moshe now lives with his maternal grandparents — Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg.
"I could not believe it when Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg (Moshe's grandfather) told me that we have been invited to meet PM Modi. It's a huge honour and comes as a pleasant surprise. I am deeply touched. It’s a clear indication that the Indian government cares for the victims of 26/11 terror attack," Sandra told PTI. "He means much more than two of my own sons. Moshe is the reason I am here in Israel. I work in Jerusalem but rush over the weekend to be with him. We also talk quite often during the week. I cannot really describe our relationship," said the nanny.
Sandra's heart wrenching picture holding Moshe close to her chest immediately after escaping the terror attack site is still imprinted on everybody's mind. Her two sons, Martin and Jackson, 34 and 26 respectively, live in Mumbai.
PM Modi is also scheduled to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday. The Prime Minister will also meet with Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, and later visit the exhibit on Indian Jewry and the Cochin Jews synagogue at the Israel Museum.
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