Moshe Holtzberg Arrives in Mumbai, Nine Years After He Lost His Parents in 26/11 Terror Attack

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Moshe Holtzberg Arrives in Mumbai, Nine Years After He Lost His Parents in 26/11 Terror Attack

Moshe was two years old when his parents - Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivika - were killed during the siege at the Nariman House by 10 Pakistani terrorists in November 2008.

Mumbai, January 16: Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, arrived in the financial capital for the first time since the tragedy struck the family more than nine years ago.

Moshe was two years old when his parents – Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivika – were killed during the siege at the Nariman House by 10 Pakistani terrorists in November 2008. The terrorists carried out the attacks over three days and killed 166 people.


The Jewish couple ran a cultural and outreach centre for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at the Nariman House in South Mumbai’s Colaba area.

Moshe’s grandfather Shimon Rosenberg and his wife accompanied their grandson. “It’s a very special day. Thank God that Moshe could come again. Mumbai is a lot more safe now,” Rabbi said.

He will fly back to Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 19. Netanyahu is on a six-day visit to India from January 14 to 19.

Sandra Samuels will also accompany Moshe. She saved the child during the terror attack.

Samuels, who was awarded an honorary citizenship by the Israeli government so that she could live in the country and be with Moshe, continues to share a unique bonding with the little boy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Moshe and his grandparents during a visit to Israel in July 2017 and told him that he could visit India anytime.

With inputs from PTI