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Old 04-17-2007, 06:48 PM   #346
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Even though I missed seeing you on CNN last night....I can feel your spirit from here.

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Old 04-17-2007, 06:49 PM   #347
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to Laura, Mia and everyone else on that campus. You are all in my thoughts.

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Old 04-17-2007, 06:56 PM   #348
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to Laura, Mia and everyone else on that campus. You are all in my thoughts.

and I caught you (Mia) on CNN last night about 2:15am
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JERUSALEM – Liviu Librescu survived the Nazi Holocaust. He died trying to keep a gunman from shooting his students in a killing spree at Virginia Tech – a heroic feat later recounted in e-mails from students to his wife.
Librescu, an aeronautics engineer and teacher at the school for 20 years, saved the lives of several students by using his body to barricade a classroom door before he was gunned down in Monday's massacre, which coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day.

His son, Joe Librescu, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his mother received e-mails from students shortly after learning of her husband's death.

“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.”

Joe Librescu told CNN that one of the e-mails was from the last student left in the room. The student said he looked back and saw his teacher struggling to hold the door, and “he was torn between jumping out the window and coming and helping my dad.”

“He chose, and possibly made the right decision, to jump out the window,” the son said.

The gunman, identified as 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui, an English major and native of South Korea, killed 32 people before committing suicide, officials said, in what was the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

Librescu, 76, had known hardship since his childhood.

When Romania joined forces with Nazi Germany in World War II, he was first interned at a labor camp in Transnistria and then deported along with his family and thousands of other Jews to a ghetto in the Romanian city of Focsani, his son said.

According to a report compiled by the Romanian government in 2004, between 280,000 and 380,000 Jews were killed by Romania's Nazi-allied regime during the war.

“We were in Romania during the Second World War, and we were Jews there among the Germans, and among the anti-Semitic Romanians,” Marlena Librescu told Israeli Channel 10 TV on Tuesday.

After the war, Librescu became a successful engineer under the postwar communist government and worked at Romania's aerospace agency. But his career was stymied in the 1970s because he refused to swear allegiance to dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime, his son said, and he was later fired when he requested permission to move to Israel.

After years of government refusal, according to his son, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin personally intervened to get the family an emigration permit. They moved to Israel in 1978.

Librescu left Israel for Virginia in 1985 for a year sabbatical, but eventually made the move permanent, said Joe Librescu, who himself studied at Virginia Tech from 1989-1994. The elder Librescu, who was an engineering and math lecturer at the school, published extensively and received numerous awards for his work.

“His work was his life in a sense,” his son said.

In Romania, the academic community mourned Librescu's death.

“It is a great loss,” said Ecaterina Andronescu, rector of the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, where Librescu graduated in 1953. “We have immense consideration for the way he reacted and defended his students with his life.”

At the university, where Librescu received an honorary degree in 2000, his picture was placed on a table and a candle was lit. People lay flowers nearby.

Professor Nicolae Serban Tomescu described Librescu as “strong and dignified.”

“He had a huge affection for his students and he sacrificed his life for them,” Tomescu told AP Television News.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #350
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #351
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^ What a brave and courageous man, to act without thinking of himself.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:25 PM   #352
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Wow. He survived the holocaust??? He lived in one of those ghettos where nazi germans were killing all jews at first sight. And he put himself in danger to save all these students lives! Amazing!
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I just wanted to pipe in and send out my heartfelt condolences to all the family, friends and Interferencers, Mia and U2Dem, who have been personally injured by this horrible evil.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:31 PM   #354
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I just got back from a candlelight vigil at my school. I can't tell you how moved I am by how many people showed up...including our school's president and the city mayor...and just the mass of students.

I truly cried for the first time since Kerry lost the election in 2004...and it felt so good to have my friends right there with their arms around me crying with me.

My heart goes out to all at Tech, especially my friends and especially Mia.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:42 PM   #355
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I watched the convocation earlier and I too thought that Governor Kaine gave a beautiful speech. Was impossible to hold back the tears as I witnessed the pain on everyone's face. My heart is with everyone there right now

Laura your sig is very touching
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:00 PM   #356
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Our hearts go out to our friends at VT.

April 16, 2007, 6:56PM
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Students at Texas A&M University are sending condolences and holding a memorial for the more than 30 people shot and killed on the Virginia Tech University campus on Monday.

The Aggies, led by student body president Nick Taunton, plan to set up tables at the student center this week where people can send cards and notes of support to the university and to the friends and family of the at least 32 people who were killed after a gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom building. The gunman then killed himself.

A&M suffered its own loss in 1999 when 12 Aggies died in the collapse of a partly-constructed bonfire, part of a long-standing tradition at the university.

A ceremony scheduled for late Monday at the College Station campus, about 100 miles northwest of Houston, was to play Taps, the haunting bugle call that is a symbol of lights out and frequently played at funerals for members of the military.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:05 PM   #357
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Originally posted by Dreadsox

Elementary schools drill now too.
Congrats Dred on the new position. Best of luck!

Oddly, there was a "School Security" Conference in town here yesterday as the events were unfolding at VT.

Not to deflect attention from the VT incident, but the local A.M. talk radio station had some guests on last evening talking about drills. One mentioned that haz mat incidents and deaths far out-numbered school shooting incidents and deaths - yet drills are not done for these types of events.

As a former heart goes out to Ryan's friends (mia) and family.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:27 PM   #358
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I cannot stop crying this evening. My heart again goes out to anyone who is connected on a personal level to VT.

What are we to do?
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:30 PM   #359
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Thanks again everyone for your kind words.
For all those who have been keeping us in our hearts, including having vigils, passing words of comfort and hope, displaying images of support; I want to say, on behalf of the VT community, thank you. The only way we can get through this is with your support. We're grateful to be embraced by so many people all over the world. Please continue to send your thoughts and prayers as we move through this difficult time.
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Time and time again this place has shown how truly great it is to be a part of this community with all the support it shows when someone is in need.

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