The grandfather of Moshe Holtzberg, who was two when terrorists attacked Nariman House and killed his parents in 2008, wants the South Mumbai building to be registered in the name of the now 11-year-old boy.
The grandfather of Moshe Holtzberg, who was two when terrorists attacked Nariman House and killed his parents in 2008, wants the South Mumbai building to be registered in the name of the now 11-year-old boy. Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg said he conveyed his request to the Indian ambassador in Israel today. “We requested the Indian ambassador that the Nariman House building be registered with the land registry department as belonging to Moshe Holtzberg and not to any other party,” Rosenberg told PTI from Afula in Israel. The building, home to a Jewish community centre, was owned by Moshe’s parents, he said. His grandfather made the request to the Indian envoy when the latter handed over a special long-term India visa to Moshe, who had expressed a desire to visit Mumbai during an emotional meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jerusalem on July 5 this year. “We are happy that Prime Minister Modi has kept his promise of giving Moshe a long-term visa to India,” Rosenberg said.
Moshe was “very excited” about the visa, he added. “Now he can go to India whenever he wants to and continue what his father and mother did and started in Mumbai,” Rosenberg said.
During his Israel visit in July, Modi had met Moshe, his grandparents and his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuels. Samuels had managed to escape with baby Moshe and saved his life when Nariman House was attacked by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. Moshe’s grandparents, Rabbi Rosenberg and Yehudit Rosenberg, were also given visas to visit India. “We received open visas to visit India. We are also very excited about it,” he added. He said the family would celebrate Moshe’s `bar mitzvah’ (Jewish coming-of-age ceremony, performed for boys when they turn 13) in Mumbai at Nariman House. “The ambassador promised to help us. We are happy that whatever Prime Minister Modi promised us has been fulfilled,” Rosenberg said.
Moshe’s parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg, serving as emissaries of Chabad, a Jewish community organisation, in Mumbai, were killed along with six others by the terrorists. Nariman House was one of the five places targeted by the terrorists during the attack that killed 166 people across the city.