2008 Mumbai Bombings’ Youngest Jewish Survivor Finally Comes Home by the Forward

2008 Mumbai Bombings’ Youngest Jewish Survivor Finally Comes Home

Image by Getty

Moshe Holtzberg was an infant when Pakistani terrorists shot his parents and four other Jews in a Mumbai Jewish community center. Now, at nine years old, he’s returned to Mumbai to dedicate the space as a “living memorial” to his parents, the Times of Israel reported.

Surrounded by parents and dignitaries — and the nanny who famously saved his life — Holtzberg lit a candle and toured his one-time home, still sporting pock-marks from the terrorists’ bullets.

“I am returning home. I am returning to where I was nine years ago,” he said, calling the occasion “festive.”

Holtzberg was accompanied by Indian media, who call him “baby Moshe.” He is a minor celebrity in Israel, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled with him to Mumbai. Holtzberg invited Netanyahu to join him in Mumbai for his bar mitzvah in two years.

Netanyahu attended the event on his last day of a five-day tour of India. In statements to the media he praised the actions of the nanny, Sandra Samuels.

“These terrible killers who unfortunately exacted from us a terrible sacrifice, did not exact from us the price of this child, because of the love of the Jewish people of the amazing woman Sandra,” he said.

Contact Ari Feldman at feldman@forward.com or on Twitter @aefeldman

Author

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. He covers Jewish religious organizations, synagogue life, anti-Semitism and the Orthodox world. If you have any tips, you can email him at feldman@forward.com. Follow him on Twitter @aefeldman.

Mumbai Attacks Youngest Jewish Survivor Comes Home

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

2008 Mumbai Bombings’ Youngest Jewish Survivor Finally Comes Home

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close