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Nanny Who Saved Boy in Mumbai Attack Honoured

Nanny Sandra Samuel has been caring for the boy since the death of his parents.

By: Bev Spritzer

Published: September 14th, 2010 in News » World

Nanny Who Saved Boy in Mumbai Attack Honoured

The Indian nanny who saved the life of an Israeli boy during the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 has been honoured with Israeli citizenship and temporary residency, CNN reported.

The nanny, Sandra Samuel, was handed her identity card in a ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday.

"I hope I will honour the citizenship and love Israel. I would give my heart and soul for Israel," she said upon receiving the card.

Samuel has been caring for the boy she saved, Moshe Holtzberg, since his parents were killed in the terror attacks on the Chabad House, as well as several upscale hotels in Mumbai, India.

They were among six people who were killed at Mumbai's Chabad headquarters. Altogether, more than 160 people died in the attacks.

During the raids, 10 men attacked buildings including the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and Oberoi-Trident hotels, as well as Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji train station.

The only surviving gunman, Pakistani Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was convicted of murder, conspiracy, and waging war, it was reported.

Moshe's father, Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, and his wife Rivka who was pregnant at the time, ran the Chabad headquarters in Mumbai.

According to CNN, Samuel, who worked as a cook and nanny at the Chabad House, found Moshe, who was not yet two at the time of the attacks, standing between the bodies of his dead parents.

She returned to Israel and has continued to care for the boy, helping his grandparents raise him.

"Sandra Samuel stepped into the fire and abyss and did not think of herself," said Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, Moshe's grandfather, at the ceremony. "She saved Moshe from the fire and we as Jews must thank and respect her."

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