The 2,996 Project – Honoring the fallen of 9/11 – Eugen Lazar

by Skip

I made a promise – GraniteGrok will not forget Eugen; this day we still remember what happened 15 16 years ago today: 9/11/2001.  We were attacked by Islamic radicals, Muslim terrorists, that believed that the United States must be removed from the world in order for a world-wide caliphate to be enacted.  Their ideological descendents, ISIS and Al Queda, still work for that end game of Dar-al-Islam.

This is a Long War and it is a religious / clash of civilizations – but our leadership does not only not believe it but has done all it can to bury it. And along with that, would bury the memory of Eugen Lazar as “inconvenient”.

Bumped from its original posting of 9/11/2006 in memory of  Eugen Lazar

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Eugen Lazar 9/11/2001

The 2,996 Project was activated with the coming of the fifth year anniversary of America being attacked in a large scale terrorist operation by Islamofascists..  Bloggers from all over and of all political persuasions, each taking on the responsibility of honoring a single victim, are participating to keep the memory of the victims’ alive and show their families that we will not forget their sacrifice and loss!  I am humbled that GraniteGrok has been allowed to participate, and wish to honor Eugen Lazar in this fashion.

Again, we express our sorrow for his family and loved ones, as we do for all of the other families whose lives were shattered forever by those who hate our way of life.

Eugen Gabriel Lazar, barely able to speak English, had immigrated to America with his Romanian parents in 1985 when he was 11, the family determined to escape communism.

“We came to this country and he knew only a few words,” recalled Elena, who lives in Glendale, Queens, with her husband, Alecsandru. “Romania was Communist at the time and that’s why we came here. Not for money. Because of communism, and this country was free.”

He was a child with a million questions. How does our body work, his mother once recalled him asking their pediatrician back in Bucharest when he was 3. When we stop walking, what makes us stop? “All these questions,” said Siu Chong, his girlfriend. “He was always wondering how everything works, always seeking for knowledge.”

In June 1992, Lazar was one of 33 Queens high school students named as a Leading Scholastic Achiever in the annual New York Newsday High Honors Competition for the borough.

With a quick mind and insatiable curiosity, Eugen mastered his studies at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens and earned a college scholarship to Cooper Union (NY), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in engineering.

For two years, Eugen, an only child who lived in Queens with his parents, worked as a computer programmer with eSpeed, a company owned by Cantor Fitzgerald (this was the bond-trading firm located in Tower One at the World Trade Center that was so decimated by the plane attack). When he got to his 103rd floor office on Sept. 11, he e-mailed his girlfriend. By the time she read his message, it was too late.

“My heart is broken,” Elena Lazar said, sobbing about her only child, whom she buried on Monday. “He was such a wonderful boy.”

Approximately fifty alumni  of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art worked in the World Trade Center towers. Eugen Lazar was included among the first confirmed deaths.

He had other interests as well.  Fascinated by music and how people hear it, he was building his own speakers. He was a cook and a baker. He and his girlfriend liked to make crepes together; in Paris, they watched closely to see how they were made. They had even tackled chocolate fondue.

That girlfriend, Sui Chong, a graphic designer, and he had met while on a camping trip in the Catskills years earlier.  However, it was not until learning years later that she no longer had a boyfriend, that he sent her an e-mail message asking her out for pizza), still misses him.

Their first date took place at Lombardi’s, a SoHo restaurant, and Sui remembered that night. “He was so perfect for me”.  It became the couple’s favorite restaurant and had returned once again Monday night before the fateful blast.  “Ironically, we had dinner there,” Chong said, barely able to finish her sentence through her tears, ” . . . and it was our last date.”

He was 27 at the time of his murder.

(This has been compiled by using materials found from Google and Yahoo searches, with much of the material from New York newspapers.  My thanks to them).

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  • Skip,
    Great tribute.
    I am surfing the link list of all those who signed up to be a part of this undertaking. Because of your effort, I know more about Eugen Lazar, than just a name on a list.
    What a tragedy for such a talented man to be murdered for no reason.
    God help us all, and thanks for caring about others.
    We at time are selfish, it is good to give once in awhile.
    You gave time and effort to make certain that Eugen would be remembered on this fifth year after.
    Thanks for you effort to remember,
    webloafer…aka…JOHN

  • Siu Chong

    Thank you for keeping Eugen’s memory alive.
    Please check out Cantor Fitzgerald’s online memorial
    for more personal memories of Eugen.
    I still miss him dearly…

  • Thank you Skip for this great tribute! We would like to enter in this project 2996 and Eugen Lazar is our first choice. We would like to quote you Skip, if its all right with you.
    Francesco, on behalf of http://patrupedbun.net, a blog written in Romanian by individuals living in USA, Canada and Romania.

  • Skip

    I would be honored – you have my permission, blessing, and thanks!
    -Skip

  • Thank you.
    Francesco

  • Hi Skip,
    Our tribute to Eugen Lazar is here.
    God bless America!

  • Kathleen LaBonte

    Reading this beautiful post just brought on a flood of sadness on every cell in my body, and a flood of tears. This is from reading a snippet of one person’s life. So many lives and journeys cut bruitally short that day. Instead of just a body count, posts like this help us understand and remember what America lost besides freedom and security that horrific day. I shall never forget Eugen Lazar, and shall keep his family Sui always in my prayers.

  • Jonathan Halsey

    If you guys believe that anyone other than the CIA and Mossad were the killers on 9/11 you’re seriously deluded.

    • granitegrok

      Great, a killjoy. This is a memorial to one of the victims, not a place into which to bring politics. We have 10s of thousands of other posts so go knock yourself out on one of them. For this one, just go away.

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