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August 27, 2012 11:27 am

Before First Grade Starts, Child Survivor of Mumbai Attack Gets Call From Netanyahu

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Moshe Hertzberg, being held by the nanny, Sandra Samuel, who rescued him, was at the center of a face-off over his future care. Photo: Chabad.

When terrorists struck Mumbai in November of 2008, Moishy Holtzberg’s parents were both killed inside the city’s Chabad House, but the 2 year old boy survived.  Over the weekend, just before Moishy was to begin the first grade, he received a telephone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Hi Moishy, this is the Prime Minister speaking,” Netanyahu said on Sunday evening after his office called the home of Moishe’s grandparents.  “I wish you blessings and success ahead of your entering first grade tomorrow.”

Holtzberg was saved by his nanny in 2008 after Islamic terrorists stormed the Chabad House in Mumbai, killing both of his parents.

“Moishy, we remember you and we love you. We of course also remember your parents,” Netanyahu said on the phone.

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According to an aide of Netanyahu, the prime minister had a relatively busy Sunday this past weekend, “But he didn’t want to forgo this phone call. When it started getting dark, he wanted to place the call before Moishy goes to sleep so he stopped what he was doing and called.”

Moishy’s maternal grandfather, who took his grandson in after the 2008 attack, said his family was “very touched that the prime minister didn’t forget Moishy and called.”

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    Beautiful and sad

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