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By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007

Like many others, I was sickened at the way in which some of those miserable apologists for kidnapped British sailors where hailed as being "heroes" on their return to the UK , even whilst whinging that their IPODS had been taken and the quality of suits provided by the Iranians was poor. So how about this for a contrast?

librescu.jpgA 75-year-old survivor of the Holocaust sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 32 dead and over two dozen wounded. Professor Liviu Librescu threw himself in front of the shooter, who had 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.  "My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out"

He died that many others may live. ATW salutes this brave man and his family are in my prayers. I trust the BBC will give coverage to the nobility and self sacrifice of Professor Librescu. I hope ATW readers will all unite and pay tribute to this courageous soul. 

14 Responses to “A TRUE HERO – RIP.”

  1. truly a man and an action that deserves respect

  2. Indeed David – a man worthy of great respect. RIP.

  3. Such tragedies often throw up a genuine hero like this man.

  4. "No greater deed a man can do, than lay down his life for his fellow man."

  5. Agreed.

  6. What a life well lived!

  7. A true hero if there ever was one.

  8. A Man indeed! – but I have doubts about the BBC

  9. What a story. I haven’t had time to even adjust to the whole story, let alone the particulars. Truly sad and the man’s bravery gives us hope.

  10. Mahons,

    My sentiments entirely, although when I check the BBC main site there is no mention as to how the Professor died.

  11. I had not seen any significant mention of Professor
    Librescu’s heroism this side of the water, either. Thanks for posting this.

  12. Professor Lebrescu was a Romanian, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli.

    Paul over at Powerlineblog.com remembers Reagan’s famous "City on a Hill" speech when, referring to heroes, he asked "Where do we find such men?" Reagan answered himself saying:

    "We [find] them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms."

    And as Paul notes: "Professor Librescu’s heroism reminds us that we also find them among those who come to this country from other lands."

    May Liviu Lebrescu rest in peace.

  13. Mahons and David: He threw himself against his classroom door and was killed as the gunman shot through the door. The gunman was unable to enter the room because his body was blocking it. He saved his students’ lives.
    Here’s a good link:

  14. Heroic indeed, but tragic too.