Nine years after 26/11, Moshe visits Nariman House

Nine years after he left Mumbai shocked and crying, Baby Moshe returned with a broad smile and visited the Nariman House at Colaba, one of the places under siege during the 26/11 terror attacks.
Moshe Holtzberg had some emotional moments as well at the Nariman House.
In the attack by Pakistani terrorists, Moshe, now 11, lost his parents Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who ran the Chabad House for the Chabad-Lubavitch, an orthodox Jewish movement.
Moshe, then just two, was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel who literally snatched him from the jaws of death and escaped from the Nariman House. The dastardly attacks at multiple locations in Mumbai had claimed 166 lives and injured over 300 others.
On Tuesday morning, Moshe, accompanied by his grandparents, touched down at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and checked into the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower off the Gateway of India and then drove to the nearby Chabad House at Colaba Causeway.
"Shalom..bahut khushi," said Moshe on his arrival.
Moshe, who sported a 'kippah' (brimless cap) and spectacles, spent nearly two hours at the six-storeyed Chabad House where he went through the photos of his parents.
Along with grandparents, he held a brief but solemn prayer at the small synagogue inside the Nariman House, visited the library and various other rooms, including the one in which his parents were felled by the bullets of men owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, his wife Chaya, the present co-directors of the Chabad House, and Sandra posed before a large portrait of Moshe's slain parents which is placed in one of the corridors of Chabad House, most of which has undergone renovation.
Moshe had some fun moments with Gavriel, the son of Kozlovsky, and some silent moments when he glanced at the neighbouring buildings from a big window. He even appeared to do a 'namaste' to the people in those buildings.
Emotional moment: Rabbi
"Finally, Baby Moshe is back home. This visit is very emotional for him," said Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, who showed him around the Nariman House.
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Moshe and Sandra Samuel will unveil plans for a state-of-the-art Living Memorial at Nariman House to commemorate the victims of the November 26-29, 2008, terror attacks.
Sandra Samuel, who had rescued Moshe, relived her memories of Nariman House. When Moshe left for Israel, she too left, and has been given honorary citizenship of Israel.

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