Bittersweet memories

Mumbai terror attacks 'miracle boy' to visit home for 1st time after 9 yrs

1narendra (File) Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Moshe Holtzberg during his visit to Israel | AFP

Little more than nine years ago, he was one of the most prominent faces of the human cost of the Mumbai terror attacks.

Looking scared, confused and hopelessly innocent, two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg won the hearts of countless Indians and the rest of the world as he was spirited out of the Nariman House by his nurse as terrorists killed his parents and other occupants in the 26/11 attacks.

Now, Moshe will return to what was once his home for the first time, with his grandparents, as they accompany Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Mumbai leg of his visit. Moshe and his grandparents will arrive in Mumbai on Tuesday and will be accompanied by Sandra Samuels, the nurse who rescued him.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had granted a long-term visa to the family during his visit to Israel in 2017, where Moshe has been growing up after the 26/11 attacks. Moshe had then told Modi that he hoped to visit Mumbai and live there, when he was older.

Moshe's grandfather had also requested India that the Nariman House building be registered in Moshe's name.

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