9/11 interview questions

Do you know anyone who died or was personally affected by 9/11? What exactly were you doing/where were you when you heard the news of the attacks? What images did you see on tv? How did the news of 9/11 affect the rest of your day?

From 2006: Barry Power’s story, about being in the towers on 9/11

What happened the next day and in the days after?

As days turned into weeks, we only had the food and medication my father helped coordinate from New York Downtown Hospital across the street. The National Guard posted up in our neighborhood, there were Humvees and rifles—and the sound of a plane sent me into a hysterical panic. People randomly ran down the street running and screaming and crying, and we kept hearing we might have to evacuate, that another building might fall, that more bomb threads were coming in. I wasn’t sleeping, and when I did, I had nightmares and flashbacks, feeling like I was just waiting to die. While it seemed like the rest of New York City above Canal Street and the rest of the world resumed “life as normal,” everything had stopped in our neighborhood, including any cars, subways, or busses being allowed into the area. The power kept going in and out, debris was everywhere, phone lines worked erratically, all of the stores we’d normally go to for food or other necessities were closed down, and we didn’t have school for two weeks.

9/11 interview questions

Twelve-years-old at the time of the attack, the author survived, and so did her family—but she soon realized 9/11 was just beginning.

9/11 interview questions

I was 12 years old, sitting in school three blocks away from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, when the planes hit the twin towers. Our teachers had us all gather in the cafeteria. I remember parents rushing in to pull out their children amid the chaos. I began panicking, wondering how I would get home to my apartment building on the other side of the Towers where my elderly grandparents also lived. Then, my neighbor and her 13-year-old son appeared in the doorway, arriving late for the day after an appointment, to walk me home. We left just minutes before the first tower collapsed. What we ran from, saw, heard, smelled, and experienced as we pushed through crowds and ran for our lives from the collapsing towers, has become common knowledge in the past decade. But it’s very different to live through it in real-time as a child, with no idea if we would be killed in an instant, what was going to happen next, and if the world was going to end before I could see my family again and say goodbye. I survived, but that morning was just the beginning of my trauma.

In 2016, I wrote a book, After 9/11 about my experiences and that of over a dozen of my former classmates, I began to receive emails from children across the country asking me questions and telling me their feelings about the day. I started video chatting with them in their classrooms as well. These are the questions I’m asked most frequently—along with my heartfelt answers. Also, read the story of the woman who was personally blamed for the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

9/11 interview questions

How did you ever stop thinking about it?

Unfortunately, the trauma was so big and ongoing that it was hard for me for a very long time. When we survive something and try to move forward, that doesn’t always automatically mean that we really have; we are changed, and our lives are changed. I don’t think I’ll ever forget or ever stop thinking about it, but I have learned to move forward with the thoughts I do have in a way that makes my life a lot easier. I have personally been able to get better and use my experience and to help other people, especially young people, and bring hopeful stories into the world when there is so much bad news.

9/11 interview questions

FAQ

What are some question to ask about 9 11?

9/11 FAQs
  • What was the World Trade Center? …
  • What were the Twin Towers? …
  • What happened on 9/11? …
  • What happened at the World Trade Center on 9/11? …
  • What is Islam? …
  • What is an Islamist extremist? …
  • What is al-Qaeda? …
  • Why did the terrorists attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

Who survived 911?

9/11 FAQs
  • What was the World Trade Center? …
  • What were the Twin Towers? …
  • What happened on 9/11? …
  • What happened at the World Trade Center on 9/11? …
  • What is Islam? …
  • What is an Islamist extremist? …
  • What is al-Qaeda? …
  • Why did the terrorists attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

When did 911 happen time?

9/11 FAQs
  • What was the World Trade Center? …
  • What were the Twin Towers? …
  • What happened on 9/11? …
  • What happened at the World Trade Center on 9/11? …
  • What is Islam? …
  • What is an Islamist extremist? …
  • What is al-Qaeda? …
  • Why did the terrorists attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

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