Nanny of Israeli boy recalls horror of Mumbai terror attack

December 6th, 2008 - 6:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Dec.6 (ANI): There was one amazing escape from Nariman House in Mumbai last week at the height of the confrontation between terrorists and the security forces.
That escape was of Sandra Samuel, a nanny employed by an Israeli couple to look after their two-year-old son.
Moshe Holtzberg will ultimately be ever grateful to Sandra for saving his life, but Sandra herself will be sad that she couldnt get his parents mother Rivka, and his father, Rabbi Gaby Holtzberg out alive.
Recalling the horror of that moment, Sandra told CBS News, “When I heard him calling me, I just ran, picked him up and ran out. That’’s it.”
She said that on the night of the attack, she was in the kitchen.
“First thing was a bomb, they put a bomb - it’’s like a boy shooting at me. I see the (boy) shooting at me and the fire coming at me and I go like this,” Samuel said as she reenacted the scene of her dodging gunfire.
As the gunmen stormed in, “I hid in the storeroom,” Samuel said.
All that night she listened as the terrorists rampaged through the house. Samuel said the men just kept shooting the lights.
The next morning, more than 12 hours later, Samuel heard something else.
“He was crying my name,” Samuel said of the baby. “At a quarter to 11, the baby was on the second floor, near his mother, standing and crying.”
Knowing the terrorists were in the building, but not knowing where, she opened the door, ran up the stairs and grabbed Moshe.
On the floor, she saw Moshe’’s mother, Rivka, and his father, Rabbi Gaby Holtzberg, shot dead.
In Israel now, Sandra and Moshe stay with the baby’’s great uncle.
“I think she is a big hero because she has the chance to leave and save herself,” Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman said.
But Sandra, guilt-stricken because she believes Moshe’’s parents were still alive when she fled, insists she is no hero:
“No. No not one bit because if I was I would have tried to do something for my rabbi. I would have done something, but no, I was a coward. I just took the baby and I ran and that’’s it.”
“When he cries, I also cry to see a child like Moshe who lost his father and his mother for nothing,” Rabbi Grossman said.
Samuel says she will be with him as long as he needs her. She wants to be with him until he “grows big.”
“By God’’s grace I hope I am there to see it,” Samuel said. “That’’s it. All my blessings to my Moshe baby.” (ANI)

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