- Published: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:03
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Moshe was two years old when terrorists killed his parents Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg at Mumbai’s Jewish house. Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were serving as directors at the centre, run by the Chabad-Lubavitch group when they were killed along with six others.
The parents of Baby Moshe, who became a face of the innocent victims of ruthless terrorism, had moved to Mumbai seven years before the attack to work at the Chabad House. After the attack, Moshe’s maternal grandparents took him to Afula, a city in Israel for his safety and comfort.
Moshe will visit Nariman House - his home when he lived in India and one of the sites that terrorists attacked.
Rabbi Israel Kozolovasky, director of Chabad-run Jewish centre at Nariman House, said while addressing the media earlier that Moshe will be accompanying Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 18 for the inauguration of a memorial project dedicated to those killed in the 2008 terrorist attack.
“We are very excited about this upcoming visit of Moshe Holtzberg with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We are heartened to see him here again in the Nariman House, the very place where his life was miraculously saved by his nanny, Sandra Samuel,” Kozolovasky said.
The rabbi added that a part of the memorial will have a special area designed to remember Moshe’s parents.
“We are very excited about this programme. This visit for Moshe is very emotional and sensitive as he lost his parents here,” he added.
The work on the memorial at Nariman House, Colaba, is expected to be partially complete by the 10th anniversary of the attacks, and might then open for public.
Kozolovasky said a portion of the fifth floor, with its damaged walls riddled with bullets, will be kept as it is while the fourth floor will be turned into a museum. The apartment where the Holtzbergs lived is also a part of the memorial.
He said the centre will prepare a special meal for the 11-year-old while speaking about the preparations ahead of his visit.
“We are excited about the programme because it is baby Moshe’s first visit to India in nine years. His visit to the Nariman House is emotional and sensitive because this is where he received the last hug from his mother and the last kiss from his father,” Kozolovasky said.
He added that Moshe is excited to visit the Gateway of India.
“Apart from Nariman House, the second place that Moshe wants to visit is Gateway of India,” Kozolovasky said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Netanyahu on Sunday at the airport in Delhi. The Israeli premier, who is on a six-day visit to India, is accompanied by his wife Sara and a 130-member delegation from various sectors, including cyber, agriculture and defence.
(Source: The Hindustan Times)