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Day of Sorrow And Remembrance: Six Month Anniversary Of the September 11 Attacks

From Nowy Dziennik - Polish Daily News
March 12, 2002
By Bozena Chojnacka and Wojciech T. Mleczko

It has been over six months since the tragic events of September 11 took place, but the painful memories of the terrorist attacks are still fresh in the hearts of Poles living in New York.

Many things have changed in the lives of those who once put their hopes in this country. Before September 11 Poles felt safe living here, but after the attacks many of them returned to their homeland. Many local Polish businesses suffered great losses and some have even gone bankrupt. Poles in general think less about their future now; they tend to focus more on what's happening today.

The events of September 11 made a great impact on Bogda Matuszewska who lives in Bell Harbor. Some people managed to return to their usual way of life - she never did.

"I remember how worried I was about my husband and my sister who happened to be in Manhattan that morning. I couldn't reach them for a few hours. A few weeks after September 11 that other plane crashed close to where I live. It's not easy to forget those horrible times. Till this day whenever I go to the city I am afraid that some calamity may strike again. I don't park my car in garages or in front of tall buildings. I am afraid of taking bridges and I only do that when I have to. Before September 11 I used to shop in Manhattan, and often times I would go there on my lunch break - I don't do that anymore. However, I still love this city, no matter how wounded and scarred it is. And I appeal to all those who feed on the American bread: feel obliged to do good to this country," she said.

Grazyna Dmowska shares similar feelings regarding the impact of September 11 attacks on her life. " I was patiently waiting for 8:45 this morning to honor those who died with a minute of silence. Many of us are afraid that such tragedy may happen again and nobody knows what's going on inside the minds of the terrorists who are still around. On September 11 I was in Poland, but I have been to ground zero twice since I returned to New York. I watched the CBS special yesterday - the horrific scenes shown in that documentary ripped my heart once again. September 11 has changed my life forever. I don't think of the future as much. I focus more on my loved ones and try to spend more time with my family," she said.

Konstanty Gryziec, who has lived in the U.S. for 50 years, was deeply moved as well. "I have lived through war, I have lived through bombings, I have seen the liberation of the concentration camp where my father was kept for a long time. Those were horrible memories. I never thought that I would live through another horror of that kind. Till this day it's hard for me to believe that September 11 really happened. My son-in-law, a firefighter, was miraculously saved from death that day - he was found in the rubble. On that day I was also worried about my daughter who worked near the WTC and was pregnant at the time. In the face of such tragedy things around us don't matter as much. Our lives have changed completely. Our future is uncertain and we have to pray that God will show grace for this world."

The events of September 11 have also left a mark on Marta Filleboarn's life.

"I live day by day and I don't think too much about the future. I was pregnant at the time and I am glad that I gave birth to our daughter three days after the tragic day. I would not want September 11 to be her birthday. I often talk about what happened with my seven year old son, and I try to warn him that something like that may happen again. We cannot just go back and live as if nothing happened. Many people are afraid. Some don't want to work in Manhattan, others are scared of flying."

Joanna Budzynska is another person whose life changed after the attacks. "It's scary to think that there might be nuclear bombs around, and that any day may turn into September 11. I am prepared to escape when something like that happens again. I try to tell my daughter not to "bind" herself to New York, because one day she might be forced to leave. This is one of the reasons she studies French. It will make her life much easier if she would ever have to move back to Europe. I used to feel safe living in the US. But those times are over and they will never be back," she said.

Translates from Polish by Joanna Sufin.

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