Saturday, May 05, 2007

N.J. Holocaust center names room after slain professor

A New Jersey college will name a room in its Holocaust Resource Center after Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu.

Librescu was killed in Norris Hall during the April 16 shootings on campus.

The Azeez Foundation of Egg Harbor Township gave a $250,000 gift to the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to honor Librescu.

The 76-year-old engineering professor blocked the door to his classroom in Norris Hall as students jumped from windows to safety, but he was not able to escape.

Librescu, a Romanian Jew, also survived the Holocaust.

Jane Stark, an Azeez Foundation representative, said Librescu's actions were a beacon of hope in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

"This man, who endured so much during the Holocaust, thought of his students' safety before his own in a time of crisis," she said.

Christian Fry of the New Jersey Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association said he was gratified to hear of the gift.

"I can't think of a more fitting memorial," he said.

The center was created in 1990 and contains media, artifacts and oral and video histories of Holocaust survivors.

-- Anna L. Mallory

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