Shalom Life | April 21, 2014

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."

What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20 What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20 TrendingA Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO] A Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO] TrendingItalian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem Italian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem Trending
 

What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20

April 20, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
What You Missed in the News: April 13 - 20

Our Top Stories this week include our Passover Book Series, an interview with Jeremy Diamond, the best Bible films, and more

Read More

James Franco’s Ex-Manager Sued for Embezzling Money From the Actor

April 18, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
James Franco’s Ex-Manager Sued for Embezzling Money From the Actor

James Levy is being sued by his former partners at James Levy Management

Read More

James Franco and Idina Menzel Set For Easter Bonnet Competition

April 18, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
James Franco and Idina Menzel Set For Easter Bonnet Competition

Franco and Menzel join Bryan Cranston, Fran Drescher and others at the event benefitting AIDS.

Read More

Spielberg’s Latest Project: A Film About a Jew Who Becomes a Priest

April 18, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Spielberg’s Latest Project: A Film About a Jew Who Becomes a Priest

The 'Schindler's List' director joins 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

Read More

Jewish Top 10s: Bible Movies

April 18, 2014 | By Zak Edwards
Jewish Top 10s: Bible Movies

In honor of Passover, we look at some of the best feature films that reinterpret stories from the Bible

Read More

Emotional Pain Isn't Just in Your Head

April 18, 2014 | By Abigail Klein Leichman
Emotional Pain Isn't Just in Your Head

A new Israeli-US study provides breakthrough in understanding the brain mechanisms that cause physical pain resulting from depression

Read More

A Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 | By Ynet News
A Children's Haggadah Made By Children [VIDEO]

Created by students of Rav Elio Toaff nursery school in Rome, 'cheerful Haggadah' is specially made for other children, not only Jewish

Read More

Italian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem

April 18, 2014 | By Graham Sigurdson
Italian Politician Mocks Primo Levi Holocaust Poem

Beppe Grillo, head of an anti-establishment movement, released the parody on his blog that Jewish activists have labelled an 'obscenity'

Read More

More Headlines