Liviu Librescu – A brave man stares into the eyes of a coward!

Of all the hideous things that happened at VT, of all the outcomes, of all the things that could’ve been done differently, one thing was done perfectly – Liviu Librescu stepped in front of a door!

Sometimes you hear things that give you the chills. Sometimes you hear things and you get chill bumps. Who can imagine the last few seconds of this man’s life as he stood at the door selflessly so others could escape? What went through his mind as he braced for the impact that was just seconds away? How do you react knowing that in just moments, it will all be over? The thoughts he must’ve had for his wife, for his family, and maybe even for the Nazi’s and what they tried to do to him. Make no mistake, his life slowed down in that last instant primarily because he did know it was all coming to an end. His mindframe? The last few thoughts of his life?


Though completely unarmed, he stood at the door and faced a madman..and won. Granted, he may have lost the battle. He may no longer reside in the same temporary vessel that he has for the last 76 years, but he won the war! How truly giving and caring can a man be? How is that someone can truly lay down their life for another? It almost makes you wonder how someone could hang on a cross and give His life for others who would curse him and spit on him?

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Liviu Librescu, a 76-year-old Israeli engineering and mathematics lecturer, tried to stop the gunman from entering his classroom by blocking the door before he was fatally shot, his son said from Tel Aviv, Israel.

“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview. The professor, who had emigrated to Israel from Romania, had been in Virginia for his sabbatical.”

I’m in Texas, I’ve never been to Virginia, I had no idea who this man was before today. I really hope that his son understands how proud he should be of his dad. Hopefully, he knows that it was his father that inspired so many people and touched the hearts of so many strangers.

One of whom lives in Texas, just wrote about him…

…and will now remember him.


Posted on April 18, 2007, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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