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Holocaust survivor killed in Virginia shootings saved students by blocking door

By Associated Press. Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - Updated: 03:00 PM EST

... The e-mails from grateful students arrived soon after Liviu Librescu was shot to death, telling how the Holocaust survivor barricaded the doorway of his Virginia Tech classroom and saved their lives at the cost of his own.

Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer who survived the Nazi killings and later escaped from Communist Romania, was one of several foreign victims of Monday’s shootings...

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...

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, ...

Israeli professor killed in US attack
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP Apr. 17, 2007 7:17 | Updated Apr. 17, 2007 17:22

Тем, кто не читает по-английски можно посмотреть об этом текст по-русски в дневнике akog http://akog.livejournal.com/362629.html:

    профессор Либарски пытался преградить убийце дорогу и заслонил собой вход в аудиторию. Благодаря его самопожертвованию [многие] студенты успели выбраться из зала через окна

Where do we find such men?
Apr 17th 2007 6:12PM by Paul Mirengoff

In a 1974 speech in which he honored returning POWs including John McCain, Ronald Reagan asked where we find such men. He answered, "We [find] them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms."

Yesterday at Virginia Tech, we found one in a college classroom. Professor Liviu Librescu was shot while blocking the door to his classroom, thereby impeding the gunman while his students escaped by jumping out of the window.

For Professor Librescu the road to Blacksburg, Virginia was a winding one. Originally a Romanian, Librescu survived the Holocaust and later immigrated with his wife to Israel. In 1986, he took his sabbatical in Virginia and decided to remain, lecturing in mechanics and engineering, and conducting his research at Virginia Tech.

Professor Librescu's sacrfice reminds us that we find "such men" -- our heroes -- not just among native Americans by also among those who come to this country from other lands. His confrontation with a mass murderer who also came here from another land reminds us that the U.S. is a melting pot of good and evil. Evil triumphed yesterday, but the good produced by the effort, energy, and example of those like Professor Librescu is more lasting.

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