JERUSALEM, Israel - The nanny who saved the two-year-old son of the late Rabbi Gavriel and Rifka Holtzberg, killed by terrorists in Mumbai, will arrive in Israel Monday.
According to early reports, the Indian government was securing a passport for her, while Israeli officials were considering naming her a "righteous gentile," which would allow her to remain in Israel for an extended period.
Sandra Samuel, who rescued the toddler, named Moshe (Moses), from the besieged Chabad house in Mumbai, has cared for him since his birth.
On Wednesday evening, Samuel and another Chabad House staffer hid from the terrorists in a downstairs room. The following morning, Samuels snuck up a deserted staircase when she heard the baby calling her.
She found him crying next to the bloodied bodies of his parents and two other victims, scooped him up and fled outside.
On Friday, the boy's maternal grandparents, who live in Israel, flew to Mumbai, where they publicly thanked Samuels.
"With her great resourcefulness, Sandra saved my grandson's life. If she hadn't grabbed him, he would surely have been murdered," said Moshe's grandfather, Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg.
On Monday, an Israeli forensic team arrived in Mumbai to complete the identification of the six Israeli victims, collect their personal belongings and ensure that the premises is cleaned according to halacha (Jewish law).
Meanwhile, a senior Israeli official said reports that the victims were found wrapped in tallitot (prayer shawls) were not true, despite Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's remarks.
"The pictures of the Jewish victims and this terrible image of the directors of the Chabad House wrapped in tallitot are shocking and bring us back to images in history that we hoped would not be repeated," Olmert told ministers at Sunday's Cabinet meeting.
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attaché in India, a Jewish doctor placed a tallit over one victim's body in the morgue, and an Israeli rescue worker told friends in Israel that the bodies had been found wrapped in tallitot.
Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, YNet news