Skip to comments.The Miracle of a Chabad House Survivor
Posted on 12/03/2008 6:39:54 AM PST by Nachum
(IsraelNN.com) David Bialka of Netanya is trying to understand how he still is alive after escaping Muslims terrorists in the Mumbai Chabad House. "The Creator has given me a new life," he said four days after escaping what seemed certain death at the hands of the terrorists. [Click here for televison video in Hebrew.]
A diamond dealer by trade, Bialka said he had laid down to rest in his Chabad House room shortly after having eaten with Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, who later were murdered along with four Chabad House guests. He heard several explosions but initially thought they were firecrackers.
When the sound of gunfire crackled from the stairwell, however, he realized what was happening and said he saw that his only escape was through a window in his fourth-floor bathroom. He climbed on top of the pipes and then outside on to the equipment connected to the air conditioner units and managed to descend to the second floor while the terrorists began their rampage inside.
"I went down to the ground and hoped they would not notice me. Glass was breaking from every direction," he said. "When I reached the ground, the local Indians were sure I was a terrorist and knocked me down all the time. I said 'Shema Yisrael' [the prayer Jews say immediately before death -ed.] and kept getting up and fled."
Police then arrested him and kept him in custody until the next day, when he arranged for a flight back home. In Netanya, doctors in the hospital examined him and then released him. It was only after Shabbat, during which Jews are prohibited from turning on television and radio, that he learned of the murders of the Jews in the Chabad House.
"I learned about the deaths on Sunday. They informed me that Rivki and Gabi [the Holtzbergs], the righteous ones, were murdered and that only little Moishe [their two-year-old] remained" alive, he told reporters sadly. Moishe was saved by his Indian nanny who snatched him and fled the building.
Does anyone know how the nanny escaped with the child?
More tragedy from the link:
“Rivka’s father spoke during the (funeral) ceremony and revealed that Rivka had been five months pregnant at the time of her death...”
I believe she didn't come out until some 10 hours later when she heard the little one crying and made the dash upstairs to save him.
You mean they left the little on alone?
I read an account that the child had been napping on a top floor. The nanny was several floors below- locked herself in a room or hid herself for almost 24 hours.
When she ventured out after staying hidden for nearly a day, she heard the baby crying and found him sitting in a pool of blood by his parent’s bodies in a second floor room- she snatched him and ran out.
He may have wandered downstairs and sat by his parents ... perhaps the terrorist were too preccupied butchering the other hostages to find or hear him.
Surely angels protected that baby.
Thanks so much for the details. I have goosebumps.
..the guy in this story simply ran out a window and escaped...
Nuke Pakistan. Now.
The nanny’s narrative doesn’t quite make sense.
Since I don’t want be one who thinks no good deed should go unpunished I’ll keep my suspicions to myself.
No, no, do tell!
Thanks for not giving voice to your suspicions on a public forum. Too often, Freepers have unkind, ungenerous things to say about those involved in a tragedy in some way.
I think we can’t fairly comment on the nanny’s actions unless we completely understand the layout of the Chabad House, the time-course of the attacks, and the actions of specific terrorists so we know what she had to contend with. The fact is that this baby did survive the attacks and the nanny escaped with him. His family and the Jewish people owe her great thanks. Let’s not denigrate her.
“Does anyone know how the nanny escaped with the child?”
Here’s a summary about Sandra Samuel and the rescue of Moshe.
“According to Chabad, Samuel worked at the center for about five years, starting as a cook. After Moshe was born, she also helped care for him. His second birthday was on Saturday.
As the terrorists stormed into the Chabad House on Wednesday evening, Samuel locked herself into a downstairs room with another staff member. On Thursday morning, she heard Moshe calling her name and braved the volatile situation, later telling reporters that she had been “scared, but even more scared for the baby.”
Slowly opening the door, Samuel saw a deserted staircase and ran up one flight. She found Moshe, his pants covered in blood, crying beside his parents and two Israeli guests who lay motionless on the floor. Samuel then grabbed the child and ran outside.
Moshe’s parents and the two guests were confirmed dead the following day after Indian commandos stormed the building and killed the remaining terrorists in a battle that raged for hours.
Some of the victims were reportedly found wrapped in prayer shawls in accordance with Jewish burial tradition, which fueled speculation that this had been done by one of the hostages.”