Liviu Librescu: Holocaust Survivor & Virginia Tech Hero (Video)
Liviu Librescu survived the Holocaust.
He died saving the lives of his students on April 16, 2007.
He sacrificed his life on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
75-year old Professor Liviu Librescu threw himself in front of the shooter.
The Associated Press has this:
Librescu taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and had an international reputation for his work in aeronautical engineering.
“His research has enabled better aircraft, superior composite materials, and more robust aerospace structures,” said Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department.
After surviving the Nazi killings, Librescu escaped from Communist Romania and made his way to the United States before he was killed in Monday’s massacre, which coincided with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Librescu’s son, Joe, said his father’s students sent e-mails detailing how the professor saved their lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before Librescu was fatally shot.
“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Librescu’s son, Joe Librescu, said Tuesday