The 9/11 Oral History Project

September 27th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago we marked the events of 9/11/01. But what were we really marking? What did we celebrate? More than the physical landscape of Ground Zero and the 2755 who perished, it’s important that we also remember those that gave the last full measure of their devotion in the efforts to rescue those inside the building. The first responders and those engaged in the clean up, often mark 9/11 not as an ending, but as the beginning of the physical and emotional problems that scar them to this day.

But what about their story? Their names are not etched in the granite of Ground Zero, but Dr. Benjamin Luft did find a way for their stories to be equally enduring. He created the 9/11 Oral History Project. It's part of his book We're Not Leaving: 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories of Courage, Sacrifice, and Renewal. My conversation with Dr. Benjamin Luft:

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