Liviu Librescu

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God bless you all

Posted by: monica | April 18, 2007 04:39 PM

No greater love....

Posted by: Paul Donoghue | April 18, 2007 04:45 PM

Peace

Posted by: Greg | April 18, 2007 07:58 PM

hero

Posted by: | April 18, 2007 09:10 PM

a true hero....

Posted by: MMM | April 18, 2007 09:44 PM

You will be in my prayers

Posted by: Theresa | April 18, 2007 10:06 PM


I AM VERY FLABBERGASTED BY THIS SHOOTING IN VIRGINIA TECH. I KNOW GOD WILL ALWAYS BE WITH AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE VICTIMS OF THIS TRAGEDY. I LOVE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PEACE AND LOVE TO EVERYBODY.

DAVID MONTREUIL, FROM HAITI

Posted by: DAVID MONTREUIL | April 18, 2007 11:06 PM

Dear Sir:

Too often in this country we use the word hero without thinking. We apply it to athletes, musicians, and movie stars. Because of this, it has lost much of the meaning it once had. Thank you for reminding me exactly what a hero is. Your unselfish act will be remembered for generations, in the memories of people yet to be born. People who would not be on this earth if it was not for the choice you made. I can only hope those next generations will grow into young men and women who will know the true meaning of the word hero. You are an inspiration as to what mankind could be.

Posted by: KM | April 18, 2007 11:16 PM

God help us.

Posted by: Marilynne | April 18, 2007 11:29 PM

Liviu liBrescu, the greastest teacher in the world. your spirit encouraging one generation. I respect you and your family.God blessing you.

Posted by: Roin (China) | April 19, 2007 12:20 AM

The awful acts of a coward cannot overcome the courage of a hero. Dr. Librescu sacrificed his own life to save his students. His bravery is an inspiration to us all.

Posted by: Thank you, Dr. Librescu | April 19, 2007 12:41 AM

One of the greatest man we had now leaves us forever. This is a greatest loss to all of us.
A wonderful man we should always remember him in our heart!
May God Bless America and its great people.

tom t

Posted by: tom t | April 19, 2007 12:52 AM

I did not know Professor Librescu, but any person who survived the ordeal of the Holocaust and then gave his life to save the lives of his students is a person to be honored. During a time like this, when I lose my faith in humanity, people like Professor Librescu restore my faith that the human race is ultimately redeemable.

Posted by: Sherif Fadel (VT Student) | April 19, 2007 07:30 AM

we will remember you not only for your will to live and survive the holocaust, but your courage to take your own life for the sake of others.
you are a true hero.

Posted by: Anna Mayergoyz | April 19, 2007 08:45 AM

True heroism and bravery, God bless.

Posted by: Carla | April 19, 2007 09:29 AM

Because you give your life for other, you cannot die. You'll be living...always in our hearts. You're an heroe.

Posted by: Dr. Lorčque Colimon | April 19, 2007 10:07 AM

You died an honorable death. You will surely remain in our hearts. You are also one of my heros after what happened. Thank you.

Posted by: Rachel | April 19, 2007 11:22 AM

I am deeply sorry for your loss. My son died of a gunshot wound, so I understand your confusion and shock. Please reach out to all that you can to help you get through this terrible time. My prayers are with you.

Posted by: Becky C | April 19, 2007 11:54 AM

You're not dead, a part of you is now in each of ther lives you saved, now you will live on for ever, because that part will be passed down through generations.
God bless

Posted by: Julio Letran | April 19, 2007 12:31 PM

A true teacher who taught the lesson of caring, compassion, and courage to his last breath. You inspire me and encourage me to reach for more.

Posted by: Q. Johnson | April 19, 2007 01:14 PM

This man is a great man, we all should remember him.

Posted by: | April 19, 2007 02:53 PM

i am so impressed of wat he did..he must be a brave man..may god bless him

Posted by: fardous frm sheffield | April 19, 2007 04:59 PM

We can never strongly enough express our deep appreciation for what you have done to protect your students-we will never forget you and your spirit will live on, as a hero, forever. We pray for you and your family, and the world will never forget what a hero you are-you are an example for all of us to follow.

Posted by: Ronald Premuroso | April 19, 2007 05:21 PM

God Bless You. I can't even begin to imagine the horrors you have seen in life, yet you managed to smile and give of yourself to others. The world needs more heroes like you.

Posted by: Karen | April 19, 2007 06:24 PM

God has a remarkable way of doing things.
This gentleman laid his life down, so that
others may live on. Imagine going through
the Holocaust, then go through this/that.
Imagine what he was thinking, as the last
seconds of his life ticked away!!!!

Posted by: Joshua Steele | April 19, 2007 06:48 PM

What a great man. The world will always be grateful. The students you saved will live on and will have children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren because of your bravery. My great grandfather and grandfather game from Romania. Every year I'll light a candle in your memory and a candle for the other victims as well on April 16th. We are so sorry this happened. God Bless You always. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Julie | April 19, 2007 07:27 PM

A hero in the most true, most honorable sense of the word. A man I never knew that I will never forget. If only I....

Posted by: Geoff Black | April 19, 2007 07:32 PM

well i think this man is a great hero he saved many of his students and not very many teachers or professor would do that

Posted by: Virginia | April 19, 2007 08:04 PM

This was a very sad sitution but he took the courage to save his students that was a very brave thing to do. Kelley Sullivan from Ohio

Posted by: Kelley Sullivan | April 19, 2007 08:10 PM

God Bless all of you in this tradegy.

Posted by: Kelley Sullivan | April 19, 2007 08:11 PM

America let us draft a Movement to get the Virginia Tech Students campaign the Board of Regents for this school to hire an artist/sculptor or better yet use the art department to build a Monument to Liviu(Life) Lebriscu and Lebriscu's LIST! He is the Patron Saint for the Ages to Terrorism! In his advanced Age Livio(Life) Librescu recognized the face,sound and hatred of EVIL and stood up to it with his aged body but his Spirit was still Strong like Titaniun! Librescu is a Titan! Hopefully Students he Saved will save that School! This will do much to counteract the fightening Video from NBC-ho!
Slain Virginia Tech students to be awarded degrees
All of the students killed in the Virginia Tech shootings will receive posthumous degrees, university officials said Thursday.
"We have recommended, and the president has approved, a decision to award all students who were killed on Monday posthumous degrees from Virginia Tech, for the degree they were pursuing," said provost Mark McNamee, the university's vice-president of academic affairs.
"The families are very happy about this."
McNamee spoke at a news conference in Blacksburg updating the investigation into Monday's shootings that left 33 people dead and at least 15 injured. The killer was among the dead.
McNamee said the degrees will be awarded during the regular graduation ceremonies the slain students would have participated in with their friends.
With classes set to resume on Monday, McNamee said university officials will be working hard to help ease students back into the classrooms, if they are ready.
"We are going to encourage them very strongly to continue in their classes but to do it in the context of what they are capable of handling in the current circumstances," he said.
The university will offer students several options on how to complete their courses, and will consider awarding a grade based on work already completed, he said
The Board has Tom Ridge on its panel to revieve their conduct of this diasaster. However, the Student Body needs to overcome the Negative NBC-ho video with the one Positive Highlight of the Hero of Virginia Tech Liviu(Life) Librescu who like Jacob in the Old Testament wrestled with a Spirit but in this case if was the Son of Evil and the embodiment of Hatred from Hades.

Why not start "Librescu's List" and Monument for this Brave American Romanian Israeli Hubermann! Lets draft a movement with the stuvdents he saved to Design a Statue to the first Hero of Ages from the 21st Century a real Life Prometheus who taught People how to harness fire!
Prometheus (he, who looks ahead) was an innovative Greek god and became their first Professor of Engineering. He taught them to manage fire, to observe the stars, to sail the seas, to bake bricks and to build houses. Prometheus also taught the people to esteem the beauty of nature. Prometheus tormented by the eagle. Prometheus Liviu(Life)Librecu is a Titan and a benefactor of humankind. Prometheus the Myth stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals, carrying it away from Mount Olympus in a fennel stalk (a method of transporting fire that was used down into historical times). As a consequence, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock where each day an eagle pecked out his liver (which regenerated itself each night).
Well, Prometheus Librescu a Man give life to College Students and has taught Americans how to fight Terror! He is the Patron Saint for the Ages to fight back against Terrorism! see www.powdertracks.blogspot.com for the proposal
Thanks America and Thank you Professor Librescu

Posted by: Franco Stein, M.D. | April 19, 2007 09:45 PM

you were a great man who cared more about others than himself. GOD BLESS YOU.

Posted by: D. PERRY | April 19, 2007 09:52 PM

That's truely sad because for all the students that were mean to him, disrespectful, and rude better be thankful that he saved their lives. May God Bless Him and He is in a better place now

Posted by: Tyler goodson | April 19, 2007 10:11 PM

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims of Virgina Tech. Though I have never met you, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sadness can be felt not only in the US but also from the island of Guam. God bless everyone!

Posted by: Norma Jean Igisaiar | April 19, 2007 10:29 PM

Thank you for saving so many, your memory will live on forever and what you did will never be forgotten!
Ontario

Posted by: | April 19, 2007 11:44 PM

i shed my tears when i saw the report of this great man and also a great learner. The lives he saved with his body will know how to live a meaningful life in the rest of their days.may the heaven have sports,hiking,music,,,all the recreation he loves.

Posted by: erin | April 20, 2007 12:23 AM

Too bad your spirit could not reach the highest of elevations and put forth the sense of certainty and peace your life story portrays....

Posted by: Chrissy | April 20, 2007 01:18 AM

This Great Man and great teacher, is an inspiration to all of us. God bless him and have him in heaven. My deep condolences to his family. Like Julio said, he's not dead, he's now part of us, we will remember him as what he really is, a HERO!

PD: Not a VT Student!

Posted by: Isaias Rubio | April 20, 2007 01:42 AM

"Greater love hath no man, than that he lay down his life for his friends." Mr. Librescu had a love that will continue to grow in the lives of those he saved. A hero, a friend, a teacher. We all say, "Thank you!" Our prayers are with your family.

Posted by: Deborah Jones | April 20, 2007 04:01 AM

He was a man I didn’t know. A man full of stories and history and maybe humor. His books are about formulas I don’t understand. His life I understand. I know his life.

I look up to this man. I was never led through horror. He was and survived. I was never deprived of my parents. He was. I was never physically and mentally abused for being a Jew. He was. In the face of danger I turn and run. In the face of danger he stands alone.

He died at seventy-seven. I have seven years left in my life to become as Liviu. I don’t know how, but I will try.

Posted by: Herb Fayer | April 20, 2007 08:44 AM

You are a hero to me and I am convinced to many.
You gave me hope and today I know that no matter how much evil there is in the world, good will prevail.
Today you stand as the symbol of good.
Thank you.

Posted by: Linda Lhrar | April 20, 2007 08:55 AM

There is no greater love than that a man would lay down his life for others. What an amazing man. God Bless the Librescu family

Posted by: Lavenia | April 20, 2007 09:09 AM

A true hero in every sense of the word, will not, and should not, ever be forgotten.

Posted by: Gregg Williams | April 20, 2007 09:23 AM

too old to be remembered he enjoys his time atlest the young ones we can negotiate may be

Posted by: bravo | April 20, 2007 10:49 AM

This man survived one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century to be a hero in one of the greatest of this young 21st century. If this does not prove that God has a plan for each of us, I don't know what does

Posted by: | April 20, 2007 10:56 AM

"No greater love than this that a man lay down his life for a friend." Mr. Librescu - Rest in peace.

Posted by: cea1959 | April 20, 2007 11:08 AM

I would like to send my deepest sympathies for the family and friends. May you be strong at this time of sorrow and may you keep the memory close to your heart always, accompanied with a smile through the tears...

***

Time, a second
Time, a minute
Time, an hour
Time, a day
Time, a week
Time, a month
Time, a year
One step at a time, into this darkness
One step at a time, into this unknown madness

By Kylli

***

Posted by: Kylli | April 20, 2007 11:28 AM

I am grateful that such great acts of love and bravery still exist in this world such as Mr. Librescu displayed. My heart aches for all of you.

Posted by: Megan Hawkinson | April 20, 2007 12:35 PM


Thinking of Mr. Librescu, what a man to have as a teacher and father. To have suffered what he did under the Nazi regime and to die violently in the beautiful landscape of Virginia in 2007 is incomprehensible. He was a true American hero and patriot. May he have peace at last

Posted by: Penny | April 20, 2007 12:42 PM

Truly a hero!! A man that did not stop to think of what to do but a man who acted out of love for his students. I pray that the Lord comfort and bring peace to the hearts of all the families that have suffered a loss.

Posted by: C. Casanas | April 20, 2007 01:29 PM

Your Ultimate Sacrifice will not go unrewarded!!!
May you rest in peace, I know that your students are more than grateful for your sacrifice.

Posted by: | April 20, 2007 02:11 PM

His heroic bravery touched me so much that I cried as I read the information. May his loved ones accept my heartfelt condolence. Let us learn from this tragic event by trying to be kinder to each other.

Posted by: Obeua Persons | April 20, 2007 02:44 PM

I am gratefull to know there in the world are persons like Mr. Librescu who keep his joy even after suffered under the Nazi regime, and be able to offer the biggest thing what any person can offer to others, his own life. He IS a hero, and everybody must remember what he did for his student like an example to teach to ours children. Respect, Honor, Sacrifice, Joy for life, Bravery. All my respect and condolences for you.

Posted by: Guillermo from Argentina | April 20, 2007 02:55 PM

What a great professor.You will be missed. May god be with your family and the rest of the families.

Posted by: aisha sherbiny | April 20, 2007 03:01 PM

God bless you Sir and God give your family patience and strength.

Posted by: Aamir Ali | April 20, 2007 05:38 PM

i admire him and i wish that he wouldn't of got killed but this is a way god wanted me to see people like that. The scary thing is someone theartin one of my friends school so we were on lock in exept for 3 they were by the school thearten so i was thinking about this man.

Posted by: Whitney | April 20, 2007 08:31 PM

True hero, an epitome of what a teacher must be, may he rest in peace

Posted by: anoop.P.M. | April 20, 2007 11:08 PM

What a great death. I only hope I would be man enough to do the same thing. As sad as it is, Its got to bring a smile to your face, to realize what a great man this was!

Posted by: Tdd | April 21, 2007 12:59 AM

May God rest your soul Liviu Librescu.

One who has seen horrors of the Nazi's and then many years later defended his students with his own life shall have a seat in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Posted by: Josh Cohen | April 21, 2007 08:26 AM

i will weep for this man, i will pray for this man, as the world has lost one of its best of mankind, Mr. Librescu was a true hero but more importantly he showed us what it takes to be selfless and what it will take to make mankind to survive the future.
All of us needs to be kinder and to watch-out for one another and to live in Peace
Brother Mark Kammerer OSB

Posted by: Brother Mark Kammerer O.S.B. | April 21, 2007 01:49 PM

the future is in the families, no more, the brothers are the more important, my family is beautiful, i love my brothers and siters. i love the world and the people.

Posted by: juanito | April 21, 2007 09:23 PM

The world would be a better place indeed if we were all in the mold of Mr. Librescu.

Posted by: Dave | April 22, 2007 11:19 AM

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteous

Posted by: Lousia | April 22, 2007 01:42 PM

I would like to give the Librescu’s family my deepest condolence for the tragic lost of Mr Librescu. I believe that even though people usually say that words cannot express the feeling you want to express in a situation like this, I do believe that recognizing, honouring and remembering people like Mr. Librescu is necessary and comforting for his loved ones.
My mother in law lost almost all of her family in the holocaust and our dear “savta” who did survive always told us how important was to be brave, thankful to god despite the losses and always help others. Mr. Librescu truly represents the good, the brave, the disinterested and the kind of person that should be remembered for his brave and courageous act.
I hope people can look at this without a religious context and understand that good is powerful and we should never surrender to evil, no matter where or when, we should take Mr. Librescu’s example and live our lives in that way.

Posted by: | April 22, 2007 09:40 PM

That the country that got its notoriety on account of its Ceausescu and wife shouldhave also produced Librescu is a miracle in itself. What a verve at seventy six when most of us Indian Professors have no energy even to fondle our grandchildren.
I recall DR.Phil Fergusson of the Univ. of Texas, Austin,in his eventies even in 1966 whose scientific ebullience was really fantastic. I always contrasted him with Sozen a Faculty of the
Urbana Champaign campus whose pomposity was most reprehensible.

Posted by: Prof.S.Divakaran a Toronto Alumnus Civil Engineering 1966 | April 23, 2007 03:29 PM

To all the students whose live were saved by this great man:
You can honor his memory by living a life of peace, justice, and tolerance; by renouncing violence as a solution to personal or political problems; by coming closer to The Lord and closer to your fellow man.
Tributes alone will fade; doing good forever in his honor and memory will bring you the glory and honor he earned and will redeem your debt to him

Posted by: Charles Jackson | April 23, 2007 05:29 PM

He died as he lived, with a clean unselfish act of pure love for his fellow man. For after all he had survived he chose to offer his life for others.
Faced with the same situation I sincerely doubt that I would have had the intestinal fortitude to follow in the professor's valiant footsteps.
Yo te canto!

Posted by: Rose Daniel | April 23, 2007 08:29 PM

He died as he lived, with a clean unselfish act of pure love for his fellow man. For after all he had survived he chose to offer his life for others.
Faced with the same situation I sincerely doubt that I would have had the intestinal fortitude to follow in the professor's valiant footsteps.
Yo te canto!

Posted by: Rose Daniel | April 23, 2007 08:36 PM

What a tragic irony that Professor Liviu Lesbrescu, a Holocaust survivor, sacrificed his life to save the lives of 20 of his students on Holocaust Memorial Day. I salute this wonderful man's courage and his life.

Posted by: Theodore Jacobsen | April 25, 2007 07:00 AM

I will always remember Liviu Librescu as a survivor of the Holocaust which gave him a chance to live a new life but I will also remember him as life saver, who gave his students a new look on life.
This tragedy changed the way I look at life. Now, I make sure to tell people how I feel about them, express how special they are to me but most importantly tell my loved ones and friends
" I Love You".....

One of my best friends sent me a text message on Tuesday the 17th...it read: 33 people woke up yesterday & did not know yesterday was their last day alive. Life is short so, I love u! Send this to 2 of all your friends.
so in short...Live everyday as if it were your last...
much peace and love to all...

Posted by: Lea Noelle | April 25, 2007 04:13 PM

Thank you Mr. Librescu.

In the midst of terrible chaos, of fear, of panic, you stood firm.

I never would have known your name, or even that you existed before this. I never would have suspected that the glow of your spirit would so shine throughout the world and that I would be so moved by such a simple, yet significant act of courage.

May you rest in peace knowing that you left the world a better place for your having been here, and that in the final moments of your life you stood as a shining example of the strength and inherent goodness of the human spirit.

May your family find peace in the gratitude of those whom you saved and their families. May they find peace knowing that your spirit wouldn't have allowed you to do any less.

I never knew you. I wish I could have. I wish you were still here.

Thank you Mr. Librescu.

Posted by: Dave Colburn | April 26, 2007 06:43 PM

God Bless People.

Posted by: someone | May 2, 2007 08:20 AM

Indeed, This is a true hero. Standing in the gap has a long tradition of heroic action. Mr. Lbrescu exhibits the highest and best of American patriotism. Almost knowing for certain that he would die, he barricaded the door and urged his students to flee. Die he did at the hands of a mentally deranged killer ... at a university which spent tens of thousands of dollars to disarm its law-abiding student citizens so "people could FEEL safer". Feeling safe is not what it takes. True safety is knowing you can defend yourself and others and a country whose leaders recognize that their police state mentality cannot be everywhere all the time. Disarming law-abiding citizens made this tragedy much worse than it might have been.

Our hearts go out to this brave man's family. They will be missing a true hero at their family gatherings from this day forth. I am sad.

Posted by: Ron Gaskins | May 3, 2007 01:02 PM

Today I will make a donation to the Survivor Mitzvah Project in honor and in memory of Liviu Librescu. His public action certainly represented all that is admirable in humanity.

Posted by: Drew | May 4, 2007 08:45 AM

Whatever else is done in memory of this extraordinary individual, plant one sturdy oak on the campus of Virginia Tech and another in Israel with identical memorial tributes noting what this man endured, the positive way he chose to move on with his life, and the selfless way he died.

Posted by: C. Gottlieb | May 7, 2007 11:31 AM

We all should be proud to have learned again what a hero is in our days; a man who put his entire life in the service of science, people and peace.Professor Librescu's sacrifice is honouring his romanian compatriots, and honouring the graduates of Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
Have peace for ever.

Posted by: Mariana Manea | May 19, 2007 12:07 AM

Mr. Librescu was more than just a man, he was a hero. I hope I can sometime be a hero like him. On April 16th, he came as a teacher and left the world as a hero. His death upseted me, but for him, it was the right thing to do. R.I.P with the angels. :)

Posted by: Elizabeth | June 20, 2007 03:29 PM

Mr. Librescu was more than just a man, he was a hero. I hope I can sometime be a hero like him. On April 16th, he came as a teacher and left the world as a hero. His death upseted me, but for him, it was the right thing to do. R.I.P with the angels. :)

Posted by: Elizabeth | June 20, 2007 03:29 PM

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