Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Kiddush Hashem in Virginia

Updated - see below

Finding a Kiddush Shem Shamayim among the carnage, Arutz Sheva reports:
(IsraelNN.com) As Israel observed Holocaust Day, thousands of miles away, A Rumanian-born Holocaust survivor gave his life in another senseless murder - and apparently in an act of heroism.

Among the 32 people killed by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech Monday is 77-year-old engineering professor, Liviu Librescu, a citizen of Israel. According to eyewitness accounts, Librescu ran to the door of his classroom and blocked it with his body – preventing the gunman from entering but getting shot to death himself as a result.


Updates:

President Bush honored him in Holocaust-rememberance speech

Yeshiva World tells about preparations for his burial (hat tip CrossCurrents)

3 Comments:

At Tue Apr 17, 08:54:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Neshama said...

Kol HaKavod, Yaak!

Isn't is strange that this happened either on or so close to Yom HaShoah? AND that a Shoah survivor was the HERO! AND his name sounds like "to rescue"!

Going Home

 
At Wed Apr 18, 01:01:00 AM 2007, Blogger yaak said...

Interesting points you're making! Maybe it's a conjunction of "liberate" and "rescue". Early in his life, he was liberated from the Nazis; in the end, he rescued others.

 
At Wed Apr 18, 02:24:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://news.walla.co.il/?w=//1094259

Bush honors Israeli professor killed in Virginia Tech shooting


‘This Holocaust survivor gave his own life so that others may live,’ US president says during Shoah memorial service in Washington

 

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