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9/11 memorial building site, July 27, 2011

After the opening of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, record-breaking crowds traveled to Ground Zero, to the exact spot where the tragedy happened.  In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko asks -why?

 

 

 

I think there’s something actually quite important in having a safe space to be with whatever you’re feeling about 9-11...And in a certain sense it doesn’t even matter that much what’s there.  -  Ruth Sergel 

For more from the people featured in this edition of Fishko Files...

James E. Young is professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Young served on the jury that selected the World Trade Center Memorial design. You can see one of his books, At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture,here.

Ruth Sergel is a director, writer, activist, and interactive technology designer living in New York. You can see her project, Voices of 9.11, here, and read about the project she founded, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalitionhere.

Clifford Chanin is the 9/11 Memorial Museum's Education Director. You can read about the museum here.

 

 

WNYC Production Credits

Mix EngineersRob Granniss & Ed Haber

Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann

Special ThanksMarianne McCune for providing additional audio. You can listen to her hour-long 9/11 documentary, Living 9/11here.