Liviu Libresku

Liviu Libresku
Liviu Libresku — a specialist in the field of aerodynamics, Faculty of Engineering Science and Mechanics Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Jew by birth, a survivor of the Holocaust, and who died at the hands of serial killer ...

Liviu Libresku born August 18 in 1930 in the city of Ploiesti (Romania). After the outbreak of the Second World War, he was deported to a labor camp in Transnistria, and later, together with his family and thousands of other Jews in the ghetto of Focsani.

After the war Libresku received his education and became a recognized scholar in his at home. He studied the aerodynamics of the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, graduating in 1952, where he received a master's degree. In 1969, he received his doctorate. From 1953 to 1975 he worked as a researcher at the Bucharest Institute of practical mechanics, and later at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerospace Technology at the Academy of Sciences of Romania.

His career was derailed in 1970 when he refused to swear in loyalty to the Communist Party of Romania and was kicked out of the Academy for his sympathy for Israel. When Libresku requested permission to emigrate to Israel, he was fired from his job. A few years later, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin personally appealed to the President of Romania with a request to release Libresku family in Israel. In 1978, the request was granted.

From 1979 to 1986 Libresku was a professor of aeronautics and mechanics at Tel Aviv University and has taught at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. In 1985, he moved to the United States and lectured at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Liviu Libresku died at the age of 76 years, 16 April in 2007, the feast day Victims of the Holocaust. He was one of the 32 victims of serial killer, a massacre at his institute.

Libresku strongly hindered attempts to break the killer in the classroom, where he held a lecture. Despite the fact that the maniac shot him through the door, Libresku was able to hold it for as long as most of the students did not leave the audience. It has got five bullets. Many of the students later said they survived only because Libresku.

The farewell ceremony was held with Libresku on April 18 in Brooklyn (New York), and later his body, in accordance with the wishes of relatives, was transported to Israel. < br>