What Can One Say?

It would be too easy for someone to talk about politics.  I’ve waited a bit, and I won’t talk about politics now.  But what can one say about a man like Liviu Librescu?

Caroline Merrey is one of the students who jumped.

It was a frightening whirlwind. An average Monday in professor Liviu Librescu’s solid mechanics class that in a blink turned from reviewing homework to the unmistakable pop of gunshots outside her Norris Hall classroom.

In the flurry of students dialing 911 on cell phones, taking cover on the floor and twisting open second story windows to escape, Merrey, 22, glanced over her shoulder before jumping.

“I just remember looking back and seeing him at the door,� the Virginia Tech senior recalled of her professor. “I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for him.�

By Tuesday morning, newspapers from Washington, D.C., to Jerusalem shared the story of how Librescu — a 76 year-old Holocaust survivor — blocked his classroom doorway from a gunman while his students leapt to freedom.

“It wouldn’t amaze me he would do such a thing,� fellow engineering professor Muhammad Hajj said. “He’s that kind of person, willing to take care of others, protect others.�

I don’t get emotional easily, but I tear up every time I read about Domnul Librescu. Dumenezeu sa te binecuvanteze.

~ by kinshay on 2007-04-19.

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  1. Of all the things that we’ve seen in the wake of the massacre, my wife and I had the most trouble with this. A holocaust survivor going out like this doesn’t seem right, nor does the fact that he was forced to make the decision to sacrifice his own life for that of his students. Rest in peace, Liviu. You certainly deserve it.

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