Moshe Holtzberg returns to scene of Mumbai Massacre

11-year-old boy joins PM on state visit to India, returning to Mumbai Chabad house where his parents were murdered by terrorists in 2008.

AFP,

Moshe Holtzberg in Mumbai
Moshe Holtzberg in Mumbai
Reuters

An 11-year-old Israeli boy who survived the Mumbai terror attack almost a decade ago returned for the first time Tuesday to the house where his parents were murdered.

Moshe Holtzberg was two years old when Pakistani terrorists stormed the Chabad House on November 26, 2008, murdering six people, including Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who ran the Jewish center.

Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel, who managed to escape.

He now lives in Israel with his grandparents.

On Tuesday, Moshe made his first visit to Mumbai since the tragedy.

Samuel held his hand as the pair, along with Moshe's grandfather, battled their way through reporters at Mumbai's airport after touching down around 8:30 am.

"I'm very happy," a rather startled looking Moshe told reporters in Hindi.

He was later taken to Chabad House in south Mumbai where on Thursday he will join Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the unveiling of a memorial to the victims of the attack.

Ahead of Moshe's visit, Israel Kozlovsky, the center's rabbi, told AFP that it would be a very emotional occasion.

"This is the place where he got his last hug from his father and mother," he said.

Samuel has said she found Moshe standing crying over the bodies of his parents and grabbed him before fleeing the house to safety. She also lives in Israel now.




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