Virginia Tech Hero

Virginia Tech Hero
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of April 23, 2007

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The horror at Virginia Tech stays with us.

How could it not?

Thirty-two people living life fully one moment, murdered the next.

Liviu Librescu was a Virginia Tech professor.

He was a Holocaust survivor.

Later, in Communist Romania, he refused to toe the party line. Eventually, he was able to move to Israel.

In 1986, as a renowned scholar, he came to Virginia Tech on sabbatical, liked it and stayed.

On April 16, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Librescu was teaching. Hearing the shooting, he blocked the classroom door, while urging his students to flee through the windows. They did. Librescu paid with his life.

As one student said, "What a wonderful man, a survivor and a hero."

Librescu gave his life so that others might live. In doing so, he taught us all the true meaning of courage and humanity.

May the memory of this remarkable man, and of all the thirty-two victims, forever be a blessing.

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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 4/23/2007
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