Saturday, April 12, 2008
Blacksburg, VA - A Year Since Virginia Tech Massacre, A Hero To Remember, Liviu Librescu Z'L
Blacksburg, VA., Have you ever wondered how you would react to an emergency situation? A real emergency? All of us have been tested. But most people haven't been tested with the ultimate test of all: What if you could save the lives of others by giving up your own?
On April 16, 2007, Liviu Librescu was given the ultimate test.
He was able to save his own life but some of his students would die or he could give his life, but many young students - with their whole life ahead of them - would be spared the murderous weapon of a fellow classmate.
Librescu passed the test and gave up his life. He took four bullets on that day, while he held the door to his classroom closed so his students could escape.
At least 22 young lives were spared by Professor Librescu's courageous
Professor Librescu grew up in Romania and as a young boy suffered persecution at the hands of the Nazis, may their names be blotted out. When WWII was over the Communists ruled in Romania. The professor then suffered once again for being a Jew.
When Librescu finally reached Israel he had every reason to live only for himself. He spent so many of his young and formative years under persecution that it was essentially his time to enjoy.
Professor Liviu Librescu, a man who understood murder, who understood persecution, showed courage under fire. He knew that he must save his students - the ones with their futures ahead of them.
Should his his memory be blessed.
Watch this heart moving remembrance Video made by Rabbi and activist Shea Hecht