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[April 19] Liviu Librescu, The Hero. Everybody's Hero
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NEW YORK / America was the first to name him The Hero; Israel, his adoption country, named him "Our Hero"; Romania, his native country, named him Hero also and gave him the highest distinction; the Romania's Parliament honoured him today with a minute of silence. Liviu Librescu has become Everybody's Hero, the greatest Honor somebody can get, above any medal or State Funerals.
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National order The Star of Romania, awarded to Liviu Librescu
    Despite the strongest political turmoil taking place these days, (actual President may be suspended today by Parliament), in his darkest moments, President Basescu has found the time to award, at once, to Liviu Librescu Romania's highest distinction. We are all grateful for that to him and his team.
   It was a moment who reminds me of the raining evening from "The $2 mil. Tip" movie: an undercover reporter who pretend to be a street man has found a hot meal from the pair of lovers, the night before they expect to loose their restaurant. Next day, his touching article has opened the hearts of Americans which flowded them later with small cheques, helping them to keep their dream.
  A community in tears said its goodbye on Thursday from one of its members, Romanian born professor Liviu Librescu, killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, helping his students flee to safety in an act of heroism.   
   A moving service was held for Librescu in New York, before his body left for Israel. "He was always, always helping," a tearful Marlena Librescu, 71, said yesterday after a brief funeral service in a Brooklyn chapel. "I can't be surprised because that's who he was." "We tried to get him to the back of the classroom with us, but he insisted on staying by the door," Andrey Andreyev wrote.
   
President Bush lauded Librescu yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ironically, the professor gave his life on the day set aside annually to remember the Jewish genocide. "On the Day of Remembrance, this Holocaust survivor gave his own life so that others might live. And this morning we honor his memory, and we take strength from his example," Bush said.
   Librescu's heroism was the last feat in a remarkable lifetime. He survived the ghetto in his native Romania and later became a refuse.nik under the Communists. After being harassed by the secret police, he was finally allowed to move to Israel in 1978. Six years later he relocated to the U.S., going to Virginia, where his engineering research into composite materials helped build better planes and space rockets.
   Photo: Liviu Librescu
   "I wasn't there at the last moments, but I truly think he was killed because he was trying to help his students, like he did throughout this semester," Yang Kim, a student, wrote in an e-mail. Yesterday's funeral service was held after Chesed Shel Emes, a Jewish group based in Borough Park, Brooklyn, arranged for traditional handling of Librescu's body.
   Close to 300 people who never met the hero instructor packed the small Orthodox chapel. Inside, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) called him "a hero of the Jewish people." His coffin was flown last night to Israel, where he'll be buried tomorrow in the town of Raanana. Chaim Weiner, the chief cantor of the Israeli Army, will preside over the service.
    Dumnezeu Sa-l odihneasca in Pace!

   
[April 18] Romanian born Hero Liviu Librescu received Highest Award

[April 17] Romanian born and Holocaust survivor saved Students' Lives

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