Three years ago, Moshe Holtzberg was a toddler. He was also one of the most unforgettable faces of the Mumbai terror attacks. Baby Moshe escaped the carnage while clinging to his nanny who rescued him, not knowing that his parents – Chabad shluchim Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivika - had been slaughtered along with their guests in Chabad House. More than 160 others at other locations in the city including the iconic Taj Mahal hotel were also slaughtered by Pakistani Muslim fundamentalist terrorists. Now four and half years old, Moshe knows what happened to his parents, who he still says good morning and good night to every day.
Moshe still says goodnight to parents
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JERUSALEM: Three years ago, Baby Moshe, one of the unforgettable faces of the Mumbai attacks, escaped the carnage clinging to his nanny not knowing that his parents- Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivika - were killed. Now a four-year-old, Moshe knows they had fallen victim to terrorists.
Orphaned by the terrorists, Moshe is now a carefree child, though he remembers his parents whenever he sees their photographs, saying good morning or goodnight to 'eema' (mother) and 'abba' (father) each day. Resorting to childish mischief like any four-year-old, he often gives a tough time to his maternal grandparents Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg with whom he is living in Afula along with nanny Sandra Samuel.
"He is very clever, very happy. He goes to school and comes to this place everyday. He knows his mother and father are somewhere in the sky. He says his parents are dead because terrorists killed them. Every day Moshe wishes his parents before sleeping. Every night he kisses the picture and says goodnight," Shimon says.
Have you forgiven the terrorists? "No, of course not," replies Moshe's grandmother Yudith. His nanny says, "It makes me angry because they could have escaped but they did not do it and I could have done something, which in my cowardness I did not do."