StoryCorps Presents Animated Shorts on 9/11

September 07, 2011 at 8:05 am

As a part of their September 11th Initiative, the national oral history project StoryCorps is releasing a series of original animated shorts depicting people’s 9/11 experiences.

For the past five years, StoryCorps has worked to record one story to honor each life lost. To date, survivors, families, friends and rescue workers have memorialized nearly 600 individual victims of the attacks through this storytelling process.


WATCH VIDEO: “Always a Family”

On the morning of Sept. 11, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy: the family they built together. Animated by the Rauch Brothers.


WATCH VIDEO: “She Was the One”

When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Here, Richie remembers Karen, his love and inspiration.

WATCH VIDEO: “Always a Family”

John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.

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