26/11 survivor, Moshe's visit to Mumbai: Media throng Nariman House

Elias Hubbard
January 20, 2018

Returning to the place where he was orphaned nine years ago in a terror attack, 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg on Tuesday appeared bewildered with the media frenzy as cameras popped to catch his glimpse.

Seeing the scores of cameramen and reporters outside Nariman House was a surprise for residents of the tiny lane, majority shopkeepers living in small houses connected to their shops.

Moshe and his grandparents offered a brief but solemn prayer at the small synagogue here, visited the library and various other rooms, including the one in which his parents were felled by the terrorists bullets during the November 26-29 strikes.

Speaking at the event, Netanyahu chatted quietly with Moshe before praising him, the Chabad movement's emissaries around the world - who counted the Holtzbergs among their number - and Samuel for managing to squirrel the boy out of the house amid the several-day standoff. "He was continuously peeping from the window", said Preeti Gohil, who lives oppose Chabad House.

"The visit to Nariman House was an emotional experience for Moshe", his grandfather Shimon Rosenberg said.

As a gesture of goodwill for saving little Moshe's life, Samuel was later granted an honorary citizenship of Israel and continues to live and work there. As journalists rushed to talk to him, Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky said, "We request you to respect his privacy".

While the young survivor's paternal uncle, whose name is also Moshe Holtzberg, described the visit as "the beginning of something good", his 67-year-old paternal grandmother Frieda said the child had not been able to "grasp the overwhelming part of the emotions since his visit was arranged in a relaxed atmosphere". "He is here to see the living memorial project".

This week, Moshe returns to the Nariman House for the first time, along with Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is visiting India to meet once again with Narendra Modi. "I distinctly remember Moshe's parents and nanny coming down for a stroll with the child on pram", said Vimal, adding that much has not changed after the attacks as people living in Nariman House step out for walks regularly, sans security.

"I feel very happy to come to India, to Nariman House where I am going to pray".

Kozlovsky noted, "We are very excited about this upcoming visit of Moshe Holtzberg with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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