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Nanny Sandra who saved Moshe now wants to move on in life

Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 23:52

Mumbai: It has been a year since Sandra
Samuel saved two-year old Moshe from the jaws of death while
his family was murdered by terrorists at Nariman House here
but now the nanny who has taken care of the cherubic baby
ever-since wants to move on in her life.

Moshe Holtzberg has now started going to `gan` preschool
in Afula, Israel where he lives with his maternal
grandparents, Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg and nanny Sandra,
who has been with him since the barbaric events unfolded on
the fateful day.

However, now Sandra feels its time to move on as the baby
who responded only to her after the tragedy has learnt to live
in new surroundings with his grandparents with whom his bond
has grown deeper.

"I felt a kind of responsibility when Moshe lost his
parents, knowing that he was so attached to me. Now he has
adjusted to the new surroundings and his family members just
adore him. My home is India. I belong to India. The kid is
quite attached to his grandparents now, and I would like to
move on," Sandra told Israel`s Channel two news.

His grandparents also acknowledge Moshe`s attachment to
his nanny who is the "only link to his past."

"Sandra is the only link to his past. He is very strongly
connected to her," Yehudit told `Chabad`, an Israeli
magazine.

Yehudit Rosenberg recalls an incident when little Moshe
just weeks after the tragedy woke-up in the night crying for
Sandra as he had seen his mother in a dream.

The little boy hardly remembers the ghastly incident but
still has some flashes of memory of the time he spent in
Mumbai.

"And when they appear they come out amazingly fresh. We
freeze when these memories come up and we try to go along with
him and support him to open up and share. We reply to him that
his parents love him and care for him very much," Yehudit
said.

Although it is very difficult to fill up the vacuum
created in the life of Moshe, his grandparents have created
constant presence of his parents Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg
through through images and stories.

A large billboard, having images of his parents, located
on his way to school is one such solace for the little boy who
waves at them as he passes through and throws a recurring
question to grandparents, "Saba (Grandfather), where are Ima
and Abba (Mother and Father)?"

Sandra saved the toddler from terrorists in a daredevil
act while they were busy shooting people as she after hearing
the cries took him in her lap and kept hiding behind the
fridge before running out.

She was given special permission from the Israeli
government to accompany Moshe to Israel.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 23:52

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