Professor of Mathematics
Liviu Librescu was born into a Jewish family in the city of Ploiesti (Romania). After the outbreak of World War II, he was deported to a labor camp in Transnistria. Survived in the Holocaust. After the war he received education and became a recognized scientist in his homeland. His career went downhill in the 70s, when he refused to swear allegiance to the Communist Party of Romania and was expelled from the Academy for his sympathies with Israel. When Librescu demanded permission to repatriate to Israel, he was fired from his job. A few years later, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin personally appealed to the President of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, with the request to release the Librescu family to Israel. In 1978, the request was granted. In 1985, Librescu moved to the United States and lectured at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
On April 16, 2007, student Cho Seung-He entered the academic building of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, locked the main doors with a chain and left a note stating that an explosion would occur when trying to open the door.In his backpack were "Glock 19", "Walther P22", a hunting knife and a hammer, as well as 400 units of ammunition and 12 ten-charge stores. He began to walk around the audience and kill everyone who was on his way. He killed 32 and injured another 25 people.
76-year-old Liviu Librescu closed the door of the audience and did not let the serial killer into his class. He received five bullets, but kept the door for now, 22 of 23 of his students were able to get out of the window and escape.