9/11 Survivor Aid, Stories, Statistics, Tributes, Memorials

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Relief efforts, Family aid, charities & monetary donations
9/11 Family Counseling and Support Groups

Symptoms Help Determine the Best Treatment for PTSD (Acute stress disorder vs. PTSD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in children, Post September 11, New York
Psychiatric Symptoms Tied to 9/11 Resolving, But Long-Term Impact Still Unclear

Getting Past the Pain of 9/11 With Steps, Big and Small ($ NYT Portraits of Grief 9/11/06)
OVC Handbook for Coping After Terrorism: A Guide to Healing and Recovery
Survey Finds That Grief Is a Constant Companion for Those at the Scene of the 9/11 Attacks (free NYT May, 2006)
NPR audio: Talking to Children About Sept. 11
The September 11th Attacks on America: Relationships Among Psychological Distress, Posttraumatic Growth, and Social Support in New York
For Cellphone Holdouts, Worry Closes the Sale (NYT Sept 19, 2001)
New York Times: Portraits of Grief 2001-2002
THE TOLL; In Cold Numbers, a Census of the Sept. 11 Victims ($ NYT April 19, 2002)
9/11 Victims by country and citizenship
NYME list of WTC Victims
Moussaoui Trial Prosecution Video: Summary of names and photographs of those killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 [This video runs 45 minutes, 56 seconds] (PC Download) September 11: A Memorial (CNN)
Washington Post: Pentagon Victim biographies
NPR: Honoring the remains of Sept. 11 Victims
Forever Changed: a 9/11 Memorial
Nation Marks Lives Lost and Signs of Healing ($ NYT Sept 12, 2006)

Widows Seek Wider Inquiry Into Trade Center Collapse ($ NYT March 4, 2002)
'Blood Money': Families Sue U.S., Reject 9/11 'Bribe'
911 families who didn't take money NY Press July 2006
William Rodriguez RICO Suit
Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission (Includes their list of "unanswered questions," many of which have been thoroughly answered.)
Cantor Fitzgerald Sues Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 - (NYT Free Sep 4, 2004)
Cantor Fitzgerald, the brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11 attack, has sued Saudi Arabia, charging that the kingdom "provided funding and material support and substantial assistance" to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

GAO Report: September 11: Interim Report on the Response of Charities (9/02)
The Philanthropic Response to 9/11: A Practical Analysis and Recommendations

With Funds Winding Down, Questions Remain About Longer-Term Needs (NYT Free Sept. 9, 2004)
(Excerpt) An astonishing $3 billion was raised to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and nearly all that money has been spent, the bulk of it handed over in cash grants, some without regard to financial need.

The practice of giving victims direct cash assistance was in part driven by pressure from donors and scrutiny from the news media over whether charities were spending the money quickly enough and putting it in the hands of grieving families, unemployed workers and people left homeless by destruction, ash and debris.

But three years later, some are wondering whether this was the best way to make use of this unprecedented charitable windfall.

"It just wasn't the best use of all that money," said Nancy Anthony, executive director of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, who advised several charities on what to expect in the years after the disaster. "There was so much pressure to spend the money right away, and charities heeded it. Now programs that might have lasted five or seven years to cope with long-term needs that are just emerging have been shut down."

As the longer-term effects of the attack begin to show themselves, the safety net that would see Sept. 11 victims through tough years ahead may have begun to fray.

"I gave money for that exact purpose, to create a permanent safety net," said Chris Burke, president of Tuesday's Children, a group that works with children of victims of the attack. "But that hasn't happened and now they have spent all the money."
Of the $2.2 billion doled out by the 40 largest 9/11 funds, 72 percent was given in direct cash assistance to victims in the two years after the disaster, according to an analysis by the Foundation Center, a research group, completed late last year.

Some were small cash grants to help people with basic things like rent, food and health care in the days and weeks after the attacks. But other grants eventually totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars, and went to pay for decidedly nonessential things, like luxury car payments and vacations. Less than 30 percent was left for things like long-term services, rebuilding and aid to businesses. And the survey found that 97.5 percent of the funds planned to give away all their money by June 2004.

9/11/02: Peter Jennings interviews 9/11 victims

Excellent video: Inside the Twin Towers
Mohawk ironworkers see planes
Eyewitnesses to flights 11 & 175
The miracle survivors: 16 people in stairwell B
Pasquale Buzzelli survives fall from 22nd floor
USA Today: For many on Sept. 11, survival was no accident
NPR: Stories from Sept. 11: Wives, Daughters, Mothers
NPR: Adapting to Ground Zero (Dec. 2001)
The Haunting Final Words: 'It Doesn't Look Good, Babe.' ($ NYT Glanz June 2, 2002)

PA: One mother looks ahead, and finds new friends (4 boys from Ohio who raised money for flight 93 memorial. $ NYT Sept 11, 2006)

The 650 Mile Walk from Ohio to GZ, 4 high school students
In an idea hatched over lunch in their school cafeteria, the four friends — Chad Coulter, Dustin Dean, Tad Millinger and Brandon Reinhard — vowed to walk 650 miles from their homes outside Toledo to ground zero in New York, stopping in Shanksville along the way.
USATODAY.com - 21 trapped people improvised escapes
USATODAY.com - Miracles emerge from debris
CNN.com - Transcripts Demczur squeegee elevator escape
U of T Survivor stories (WTC & Pent)
Marian Fontana

Marian Fontana essay in Money Changes Everything
In New Batch Of 9/11 Calls, Confusion And Courage (transcript of 19 tower calls released. NYT Jan 27, 2007) "Yes, 2 World Trade Center, we have injured people in the lobby of the building, they need medical attention,'' Mr. Boisseau said. ''They're on the south side of the building. However, they're not going to be able to come in that way. They'll have to figure another way in here. Because we've got debris all over the outside of the building.''
WTC Evacuated 13-15,000 people

WTC Decedent Locations

World Trade Center Evacuation Problems http://www.mjbarkl.com/locked.htm

Account Analysis of WTC Survivors (egress study)
World Trade Center evacuees share lessons learned as NFPA starts new behavior study
Ed Beyea and John Abruzzo, Two Wheelchair users evacuated from WTC 9/11



New Yorker Article on WTC head of security John O'Neill
World Trade Centre survivors tell their horror stories (Arthur Delbianco, & Marlene Cruz, Hursley Lever ABC AU)
Marriott World Trade Center Survivors Site
Lives In Limbo After Layoffs (ABM)

Five who survived: One Year Later (WTC Brian Clark, Ling Young, Mary Jos, Kelly Reyher, Richard Fern)
The Survivors’ Circle: Eight who were there meet and compare lives.
Review of "Women at Ground Zero"
Brooklyn soldiers risk their lives at the WTC disaster
Genelle Guzman-McMillan (last person to be pulled alive from the rubble)

Oswego alumni survivor stories. Jova Rodriguez hears WTC 7 colllapse 1 block away (PDF)

ABM (Janitorial/Building Operating Engineer services) survivor stories, Jan Demczur "squeegee" story, details on 17 employees killed. (PDF)

Some were already dependent on others: Omar Eduardo Rivera, a blind Colombian, made his way down from 70 floors up, one hand on the shoulder of his boss and the other on the harness of his guide dog.

Barry Drogin, took photo of flight 175 hitting south tower

Hal Bidlack's 9/11 Diary (Pentagon)

WTC 3 Marriott Hotel security director's story

In a 9/11 Survival Tale, the Pieces Just Don’t Fit (Tania Head)

Remembering the Victims: An Online Memorial

South tower trader mentality (similar to Rich Picciotto's NT story of having to nearly drag a trader away from his computer)
"We were from a Wall Street mentality," says Bill Henningson, a Keefe Bruyette vice president who was among the few who escaped from the 89th floor. "You're a trader. You're tough. You don't leave until the firemen order you to go. You don't leave the floor for anything, not even to go the bathroom." Source

Tower Stories: The Autobiography of September 11th by Damon DiMarco, ed.
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer
September 11: An Oral History by Dean Murphy (NY Times)
Out of the Blue: A Narrative of September 11, 2001 by Richard B. Bernstein
Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 by Mitchell Fink (NY Daily News)
Portraits: 9/11/01: The Collected "Portraits of Grief" from The New York Times
Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center by Richard Picciotto (FDNY)

WTC Memorial Design, Controversy
Winning Memorial Design: "Reflecting Absence"
Behind Beauty of 9/11 Designs, Devil May Be in Nuts and Bolts ($ NYT Nov 30, 2003)
NPR audio: Ground Zero Memorial Design Selected
Curator of the Objects of Terrible Memory (Jan Seidler Ramirez NYT Sept. 8, 2006)
Take back the memorial petition
Debra Burlingame 6/05 WSJ editorial: The Great Ground Zero Heist (The World Trade Center Memorial Cultural Complex / International Freedom Center)
NYT Editorial Oct. 7, 2006 "The Mayor's New Job After too much confusion and emotional conflict, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation finally has a leader who can get the job done -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor has already made the largest single donation to the memorial from his personal fortune.
A Public Memorial ($ NYT Editorial Jan. 29, 2007) Controversy about how names should be listed.

Album: Memorial Design Changes 2006

Other 9/11 Memorials
WTC Firefighters' Memorial Video
Long Night Journeys Into a Dawn (WTC lights. NYT Sept. 13, 2006)
The Architecture of Loss (Wash. Post slideshow, Pentagon, WTC, Shanksville, & other memorials)

Pentagon Memorial Project
Pentagon Memorial: Wikipedia
Flight 93 National Memorial Project
Flight 93 Memorial: Wikipedia

Exhibits, Artifacts in Storage
"Unwavering Spirit: Hope & Healing at Ground Zero" – St. Paul's Chapel Located directly across from the World Trade Center site, St. Paul's Chapel, an Episcopal church, was home to an extraordinary eight-month volunteer relief effort after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Unwavering Spirit, a new interactive exhibit, honors that ministry and its legacy of love and compassion.
Tribute Center, an ‘Interim Destination’ Sept. 11 Memorial, Is Readied for Opening (NYT 9/6/06)
In a Way, She Never Left the Twin Towers (Profile of Lynne Tierney, president of Tribute Center, former PA spokeswoman. $ NYT Sept 15, 2007)
NYC Exhibits
Gary Suson's Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Surplus History From Ground Zero; Left Mostly Out of Memorial Designs, Trade Center Steel Sits Rusting in a Hangar ($ NYT Dec. 19, 2003)
Smithsonian – September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Melted coins - September 11: Bearing Witness to History
NPR audio: Artifacts from Ground Zero Await Memorial Site
NPR audio: Ground Zero Stairs Named to Historic List
NPR: 4 floors compacted to 4 feet
AM New York Photos: WTC Relics
NPR audio: Here is New York: A Democracy of Photos
From the Rubble, Artifacts of Anguish (JFK Storage Site – $ NYT Jan 27, 2002)
Brief Journey for an Icon of the Attack on New York (Cross moved. $ NYT 10/06/2006)
No Home Yet for 9/11’s ‘Survivors’ Stairway’ ($ NYT Sept 14, 2006)

New York State Museum 9/11 Collection

Artwork lost in collapses:
When the World Trade Center collapsed last week, it took with it—along with thousands of lives—artworks by Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Al Held, Joan Miró, and Louise Nevelson, among others. But it seems to have also plunged many artists into uncertainty about their work and raised questions about what it means to make art.

“A lot of artists lost all of their work—everything they’ve ever done,” says World Views studio program artist Monica Bravo of the World Trade Center collapse, who remains shaken by the events. “I haven’t been able to go back to work. I keep asking, ‘Do I really want to be an artist?’”

Cultural Loss in Lower Manhattan
...Among the major losses of a historic and archaeological nature was the Five Points archaeological collection, which, excavated in the early 1990s ("New York's Mythic Slum," March/April 1997), had been stored in the basement of Six World Trade, the building that was destroyed when the facade of Tower One fell into it. Only 18 of about one million unique artifacts documenting the lives of nineteenth-century New Yorkers survive.