17 Apr 2007

76-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Dies Saving Students

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Liviu Librescu, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Jerusalem Post:

a 76-year-old (Holocaust) survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 33 dead and over two dozen wounded.

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter when the man attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, “but all the students lived – because of him,” Virginia Tech student Asael Arad – also an Israeli – told Army Radio.

Several of Librescu’s other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he had blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives.

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3 Feedbacks on "76-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Dies Saving Students"

Adam K. Pagatpatan

I sincerely extend my sorrow for all those involved in this tragic event. Please know that people around the world share your grief and stand behind all of you in solidarity. To the family and friends of Professor Liviu Librescu…. I hope the pain that you endure is matched in magnitude by the pride of knowing that you were lucky enough to know and grow up in the presence of a true hero. His action during that fateful day brought my family to tears. His actions costed him his life in order to save other lives. Let time heal the pain and his teaching etch in our minds, but keep the memories of him forever etched in our hearts.

tommy w. adams III

Dr. Lebrescu’s death has profoundly affected my life. I never met him, never had a class with him, and I doubt we were never in the same state at the same time.

His death recalls the senselessness of the man who made it through the killing fields only to die in a drive by shooting.

He did what we all wish we would be able to do in such a situation, a truly selfless act. May God bless his family.




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