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Published on: June 1, 2010 06:52 PM
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Mumbai, India - Grandfather of baby Moshe, one of the youngest survivors of the 26/11 terrorist attacks, is still waiting for an announcement regarding compensation for his grandson.

Moshe’s parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, were among five hostages killed at Nariman House, the Chabad Jewish center at Colaba. Moshe, who is half American, was rescued by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel.

Moshe is with nanny Sandra Samuel right now, the Jewish community that has adopted Moshe is taking care of his education and other expenses. “I read in newspapers and was told by some authorities that Moshe will get compensation from the Indian government, but so far, we have heard nothing official, said Holtzberg. Presently, I am in New York and Moshe is in Israel with his maternal grandparents Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his wife Yehudit. While our community is taking care of our grandson very well, Id like to know whether or not he will get any compensation to secure his future,” said Holtzberg.

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When approached, the authorities at Chabad House refused to comment on the issue.

Moshes grandfather Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg After 26/11, many fund-raising programs were initiated by different organizations in Israel, and a Web site was also launched to help baby Moshe. Its not that Moshe is facing any problems, said Holtzberg. We can never take the place of Moshes parents, but we just want to ensure he is financially secure, he added. Holtzberg intends to have all his queries answered when he comes to Mumbai for the inauguration of a museum-cum-education center at Nariman House in a few months from now.


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 Jun 01, 2010 at 07:19 PM Anonymous Says:

I suspect there have been hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions raised for Moishe...who are the grandparents waiting for compensation from? Have they brought any legal actions against anyone? This was a great tragedy but there are many who suffered greatly from this attack in Mumbai who don't get nearly as much publicity. Moishe should grow up and be a real naches to his family but perhaps we should turn our attention to others in mubmai who may have greater needs rather than waiting for "compensation" from unknown parties.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 07:45 PM blackandwhite Says:

If there are regulations about this on Indian government statutes, then it certainly is a matter of principle that Moshe's (and anyone else's) privileges be volunteered by the government without embarrassing requests needing to be made. Financial needs are real for every person on the planet. Whatever other money has been collected for Moshe or because of this overall crisis is really irrelevant, as that money was given because of 'a higher desire' for people all over the globe to unite with extra resolve due to the situation. That money shouldn't need to be considered a donation to the Indian Government as a substitute for their own obligations to their citizens and others, as that can't really be considered the true intent of why that money was raised or freely volunteered.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 07:53 PM compensation Says:

it does not matter how much money was raised for Moshele
Indian goverment should give compensation to all the dependants from the victims

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
blackandwhite Says:

If there are regulations about this on Indian government statutes, then it certainly is a matter of principle that Moshe's (and anyone else's) privileges be volunteered by the government without embarrassing requests needing to be made. Financial needs are real for every person on the planet. Whatever other money has been collected for Moshe or because of this overall crisis is really irrelevant, as that money was given because of 'a higher desire' for people all over the globe to unite with extra resolve due to the situation. That money shouldn't need to be considered a donation to the Indian Government as a substitute for their own obligations to their citizens and others, as that can't really be considered the true intent of why that money was raised or freely volunteered.

Under India's arcane legal system, Moishele will be playing with his grandchildren before any final decisions are made. India has taken the position that they were the victims of an unprovoked attack from terrorists trained in Pakistan a (and indeed over 100 of their own citizens were killed and hundreds maimed). Last week, Pakistan released the last two leaders of Islamic terrorist organizations suspected of having organized the attack for lack of evidence. India has been the victim of multiple attacks from Islamic terrorists that have killed more of their citizens than we lost at the WTC on 9/11 so please don't suggest that they are "responsible".

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:11 PM Professional Says:

The entire incident in Mumbai is a tragedy to the greatest extent imaginable since WWII. The sheer cruely is terrible. But, the biggest compensation that Moshe's grandfather needs is for the Indian Govt. to guarantee him being in the newspapers daily with his picture. Its worth millions. Leave Moshe alone. Let him grow up like all other kids. Stop being self centered.

Why don't we see the same story about the Teitelbaum's whose father was killed in Mumbai and left an Almona with 8 children. Why don't we hear about the Kruman's of Eretz Yisroel who's father was killed in Mumbai and left an Almonah with 5 children. and all the others that were murdered by these rotzchim. All we hear day and night is zaidy talking and shlepping around Moshaleh.

Its time for the grandfather to stop living his life through Moishaleh. We know he is grieving, but let this child grow up and develop normally. Mishalehs picture does not need to be in the papers every week.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
compensation Says:

it does not matter how much money was raised for Moshele
Indian goverment should give compensation to all the dependants from the victims

Why India rather than Pakistan where the murderers were trained and financed?

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
compensation Says:

it does not matter how much money was raised for Moshele
Indian goverment should give compensation to all the dependants from the victims

My heart goes out to Moshe and his grandparents, but I'm not sure its a good thing to be publicly expecting money from the Indian government (i.e. Indian taxpayers). This country has been kind to the jews and does not have a history of antisemitism. They have hundreds of millions of citizens who are in absolutely dire straits whereas Moshe will be well taken care of without money from India. I hope that this article was just a case of bad reporting. I'm sure the grandfather didn't announce that he was waiting for compensation and that his comments were in response to questions from reporters.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:53 PM Hi there, Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I suspect there have been hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions raised for Moishe...who are the grandparents waiting for compensation from? Have they brought any legal actions against anyone? This was a great tragedy but there are many who suffered greatly from this attack in Mumbai who don't get nearly as much publicity. Moishe should grow up and be a real naches to his family but perhaps we should turn our attention to others in mubmai who may have greater needs rather than waiting for "compensation" from unknown parties.

i totally agree. totally.
what about the family that was left with many kids? who supports those little kids???? anyone thought about those kids as much as the holtzberg?
hashem we need your help for each and everyone.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:58 PM Anonymous Says:

This is hopefully not another case of "survivors" exploiting the sympathy for victims of a terrible tragedy but also seeking to profit from that sympathy. India has enough problems and has not yet paid a dime to the surviving families of their own soldiers who died in the attack and rescue of the hostages. Moishele has probably collected more money than the families of ALL the other victims will ever see in their lifetime. We should never forget the Holtzmans but that memory should not be measured in how much money the mishpacha can extract from the Indian government and its people who are also victims.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 08:58 PM Anonymous Says:

rebbitzin (leibish) teitelbaum has 8 orphans to feed...

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 09:03 PM Anonymous Says:

B"H
didn't vosizneais have article few weeks back that indian govt announced they were giving moishele compensation?

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 09:16 PM Lakewooder Says:

The problem is that no one seems to know who is in charge of all the organizations that collected money on behalf of Moshele or where that money is.
V'ain Kan Hamokom L'harich.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 09:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Every few weeks there is another fundraising advertisement here on VIN or on other jewish website for Moshe Holtzberg. I still cry when I think of his ordeal and the murder of his parents but the Holtzberg family may be reaching a point of overdoing the fundraising and demands for compensation.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 09:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

B"H
didn't vosizneais have article few weeks back that indian govt announced they were giving moishele compensation?

No. The Indian government is still in the early stages of legal proceedings which will take years before they determine compensation for the victims. You may remember the Bhopal incident 25 years ago where a Union carbide chemical plant in India released gases that killed over 5,000 people. The are still arguing about compensation from the American companies involved. The Indian government itself paid less than $5,000 to each victim.

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 09:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Compensation? Really now. I can give you a list from here to tomorrow of people who were killed, died from medical negligence, etc. whose families were not "compensated." What about the Monsey woman with the 9 orphans whose husband's killer may walk? Did the governement "compensate" her for allowing an insane individual roam the streets? Have the families of the 9/11 victims been amply compensated? I'm sure the monies raised for the child will amply pay for his schooling, chasuna, years to learn in kollel and an apartment in Eretz Yisroel. What else is needed?

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 09:53 PM Anonymous Says:

When will he no longer be Moishaleh and be Moishe.. You are so right No. 5. This seems like exploitation by the Holtzbergs. Exploitation of Moishe, for Chabad, publicity, etc. Its true we don't ever hear anything about all the other families that have gone through so much. The difference is the others are working on keeping their families wholesome as a family unit for the betterment of their children. I wonder if Rav Holtzberg is doing the same?

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 10:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Compensation? Really now. I can give you a list from here to tomorrow of people who were killed, died from medical negligence, etc. whose families were not "compensated." What about the Monsey woman with the 9 orphans whose husband's killer may walk? Did the governement "compensate" her for allowing an insane individual roam the streets? Have the families of the 9/11 victims been amply compensated? I'm sure the monies raised for the child will amply pay for his schooling, chasuna, years to learn in kollel and an apartment in Eretz Yisroel. What else is needed?

you are assuming all the money collected goes to Moishele

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I suspect there have been hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions raised for Moishe...who are the grandparents waiting for compensation from? Have they brought any legal actions against anyone? This was a great tragedy but there are many who suffered greatly from this attack in Mumbai who don't get nearly as much publicity. Moishe should grow up and be a real naches to his family but perhaps we should turn our attention to others in mubmai who may have greater needs rather than waiting for "compensation" from unknown parties.

it looks like you're all Indian givers " advice " givers i bet you that non of you gave a dime to the holtzbergs or anyone else, it's very interesting how every advice giver judges, I'm sure that the topic will never die, but everyone you mentioned here has at-least one parent to go home to, where moishele has non, where he and only he lost both of his parents in a very tragical way and the trauma inflicted on him is much greator than the kids of the other parents. but i don't expect you to understand . so stop criticizing

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 10:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I suspect there have been hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions raised for Moishe...who are the grandparents waiting for compensation from? Have they brought any legal actions against anyone? This was a great tragedy but there are many who suffered greatly from this attack in Mumbai who don't get nearly as much publicity. Moishe should grow up and be a real naches to his family but perhaps we should turn our attention to others in mubmai who may have greater needs rather than waiting for "compensation" from unknown parties.

i don't think any one here wants to change places with any one of the families mentioned and stop the critic

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 11:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

rebbitzin (leibish) teitelbaum has 8 orphans to feed...

She is a wonderful tzediakes. We should all learn from her. She gives speeches and chizuk to others... Is there any write up about her anywhere?

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 Jun 01, 2010 at 11:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Yes, #17, I am. It would never have occurred to me that advertisements showing the child and outlining his tragedy were collecting for his family members or for Mumbai Chabad. Do you know otherwise?

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 Jun 02, 2010 at 12:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

Yes, #17, I am. It would never have occurred to me that advertisements showing the child and outlining his tragedy were collecting for his family members or for Mumbai Chabad. Do you know otherwise?

Who are the trustees for this child and where have they published how the funds they are collecting are being used? There has been no accounting to my knowledge but maybe others know. The new guidelines issues by Agudah for charitable foundations and trust strongly encourage transparency but that has not been done by the various groups soliciting for Moishe Holtzberg.

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 Jun 02, 2010 at 03:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Everyone is jumping the gun. The comment Rabbi Holtzberg made about compensation is in relation to the Indian Government announcing that
the victims of the Mumbai Massacre will be receiving compensation.
He's not out there publicly asking for the money. I'm assuming he wants
the Indian Government to follow up on their offer of compensation for Moishe.

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