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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:21 PM
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Nanny moves to Israel with boy orphaned in Mumbai
MIGDAL HA-EMEK, Israel After hiding for hours in the besieged Jewish center in Mumbai, Sandra Samuel suddenly heard a cry that made her forget all fear for her own safety: 2-year-old Moshe was calling his nanny's name.

Ignoring crackling gunfire and exploding grenades, she says she charged up the stairs and found the toddler crying by his mother's body, his pants soaked in blood. She grabbed the child and ran with him to safety.

Today, the 44-year-old Indian woman, a Christian, is the Orthodox Jewish toddler's only remaining link to the life he once knew. Moshe Holtzberg's Israeli parents died in the assault. Samuel, a recent widow, has left her own two sons and her homeland to move with the child to Israel, where she says she will stay "as long as my baby needs me."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081208/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_m... ;_ylt=ArxCGbUZ9Mg.oyzmb7c1oyBvaA8F
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:28 PM
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1. Oh how sad and yet how beautiful
that the woman would do this for "her baby". I hope her own sons can join her soon, if only for a visit. (I'm assuming they are adults or nearly so.)
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:30 PM
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2. Thanks for the update
A small light in a terrible tragedy.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:32 PM
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3. Hah!
I wrote to Yad Vashem and got back the reply that Righteous Among Nations only applies to the Holocaust. Seems I'm not the only one who finds that definition too narrow.

I was going to ask why she had to leave her own sons behind...but now I realize this trip is as much for her to recover before going back to normal life as it is for the child.

But I believe she is wrong about the parents being still alive when she left.
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:40 PM
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4. Not sure
The story lacks a lot of information which is understandable given the circumstances.

The inconsistency which suggests the wounding of the parents were chronologically at the same time is the timing of the boy's cries. Why then and not earlier? Even so, it's really moot to discuss further here as the end result is the same.

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dynasaw Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:18 PM
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5. her Own Sons Are Not Children
"I was going to ask why she had to leave her own sons behind."

They are 18 and 25.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:37 PM
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6. Ah. Thanks.
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