75-year-old Holocaust Survivor Killed In VT Massacre

Posted by – April 17, 2007

This life is full of sick ironies.


Israeli professor killed in US shooting
As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 75-year-old survivor 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.

Librescu’s wife, Marlena, told the NRG Web site that her husband had loved his job with “all his heart and his soul.”

The couple immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1978 and then moved to Virginia in 1986 for his sabbatical, but had stayed since then, their son, Joe, told Army Radio.

In the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history, the attacker, who had yet to be positively identified, cut down his victims in two attacks two hours apart before the university could grasp what was happening and warn students.

The bloodbath ended Monday with the gunman committing suicide, bringing the death toll to 33 and stamping the campus in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains with unspeakable tragedy, perhaps forever.

Full story at the Jerusalem Post

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, just. Yeah. Damn.

    I also note with sorrow that Dr. Granata was a top biomedical researcher whose specialty was orthopedics, specifically studying movement dynamics in people with cerebral palsy. So the disability community has lost an important force for change too.

    I was at U Iowa when Gang Lu shot and killed half of our physics department because he was embittered that he didn’t receive an award he thought he deserved (It was given to a woman instead. He killed her first.) It’s had an inestimable effect on the way that I think about academic life and my choices therein.

    Contact me with your question at my college e-mail address: williambatmaildotstrosedotedu. I’ll be happy to help you find out what you want to know.