Wednesday, April 18, 2007

# Posted 11:53 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

COURAGE: The example set by Prof. Liviu Librescu of Virginia Tech:
Liviu Librescu, a professor of engineering and a Holocaust survivor, is being called a hero after students reported that the 76-year-old man barricaded the door to his classroom long enough for them to jump to safety from the upper-story windows of Norris Hall.

Librescu was killed by the gunman, who eventually forced his way into the classroom, according to his son, Joe Librescu, who was interviewed by CNN and the Associated Press. Joe Librescu said his father's students have e-mailed him their accounts of his last minutes.

A Romanian who survived the Holocaust, Librescu became an opponent of communism and moved to Israel. He later immigrated to the United States. Librescu taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and had an international reputation for his work in aeronautical engineering...

"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu told the AP in a telephone interview from his home outside Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."


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You know, it is really a truly hard thing to consider, the Virginia Tech tragedy. It is even more difficult to understand a holocaust survivor dying in such an event. I feel that this grieving that the school is feeling, is also feeling the lost of a hero, not one of the United States, in particular, but the world at large.
I knew David would pimp this story. Sha-zaam.
There are good people in the world.
Anon 12:59, if you are committed to launching ad hominem attacks (while demeaning a tragedy in the process), then it is time for you to establish a fixed login name.

Take responsibility for your words.
It's not an attack, and there isn't anything ad hominem about it.

I just knew you'd post that story.

It's cool, yo.
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