9/11, Friday, September 14th, 2001

Friday, September 14th, 2001

The sky was dull, grey, misty on Friday morning. The air was cold. The water of the harbour black. It was raining. Still clouds of dust arose.

The world was almost without color.

Later it cleared up. The city appeared red and golden during sunset.


Friday, September 14th, 2001, Flickr

“A Week in September 2001“, the English Version as a free eBook in the Apple iBookstore

“Eine Woche im September 2001“, die deutsche Version ist als kostenloses eBook im Apple iBookstore erhältlich

9/11, Thursday, September 13th, 2001

Thursday, September 13th, 2001

Late summer blue sky on Thursday. The cloud of dust moved uptown. Disbelief remained. At the stop for the watertaxi to Manhattan I saw firefighters with dusty uniforms and grey shoes. Continue reading

9/11, Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

Früher Morgen, New York, 11. September 2001

Early morning, Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

I woke up early on Tuesday – before seven o‘clock. My brother and I had breakfast in the stern of the boat. Viewing Manhattan. The morning was calm, the day promised to be hot and the weather excellent.




I wanted to meet my step-brother Steve, in Manhattan. We had not agreed on a time and place yet, but had an arrangement to call by 10.00 a.m.

The sun rising between the World Trade Center towers, September 11th, 2001

Joachim went to work. I sat down with a book on deck until the sun was too hot.
Then I went into the cabin, maybe around a quarter past eight. Lying down with the my book so that I could see the blue sky through the top hatch. The boat was rocking gently.
I read for a little while and fell asleep for a short time. The phone rang. Steve and I had a chat about the plans for the day. We discussed where we could meet and which subway I should take. I wanted to smoke a cigarette. With the phone in my hand, I climbed onto deck.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

First I saw a cloud in the south, shaped like a cigar. Turning my head I saw that the cloud ended at the World Trade Center and realized that it had started there. “The Towers are burning.” The people on the surrounding boats were looking towards Manhattan. The couple on the nearby boat had a television. They said, it was terrorists with airplanes, both towers had been hit, no accident – an attack.

Steve was ok but we didn´t meet up this summer.

Die Katastrophe, New York, 11. September 2001

Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

The towers smoldered, behind some of the windows it seemed to be burning. Parts of the facade were falling off. The sky was bright blue.

The South Tower collapsed with a dark rumbling sound. The most evil sound I‘ve ever heard in my life. The collapse continued.


When it died down, a cloud spread out the streets, covering the surrounding houses, covered the lower part of Manhattan. Radiating stunned disbelief.

The South Tower was gone. The North Tower stood alone in a cloud of dust, steel and smoke. The North Tower stood smoldering. The situation seemed to ease.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

Dull and grinding the North Tower collapsed. A column of smoke formed the silhouette in the sky.
Then the cloud swallowed Manhattan.





Manhattan disappeared in an apocalyptic cloud and took the 20th century with it.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

A steady fresh breeze pushed dust and smoke from the streets to the south into the port of New York. The twin towers had dominated the skyline. The other buildings are high, but there is no comparison, none scrape the sky.

Sonnenuntergang, New York, 11. September 2001

Gradually the skyline showed its new contours.

The sky was cloudless. The sun set, painting Manhattan in a golden and reddish light, leaving a deep exhausted perplexity, anger, grief and despair.

My brother returned late, the streets still blocked, traffic jams and street controls. Continuing reports, pictures, interviews on TV. Soon they were talking about the names of suspects, speculating on their motives, numbers of victims and possible consequences. Something had come to an end, no one knew what had begun or what would happen.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2001

Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, Flickr

“A Week in September 2001“, the English Version as a free eBook in the Apple iBookstore

“Eine Woche im September 2001“, die deutsche Version ist als kostenloses eBook im Apple iBookstore erhältlich

Jetzt online im Apple iBookstore: ”Eine Woche im September 2001“

Der Review bei Apple war zügiger, als ich erwartet hätte. ”Eine Woche im September 2001“ ist als kostenloses eBook verfügbar. Voraussetzungen: “Dieses Buch kann nur mit iBooks 2 auf einem iPad angezeigt werden. iOS 5 ist erforderlich”.

Erhältlich ist das eBook in 32 Ländern:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Eingereicht im Apple iBookstore: ”Eine Woche im September 2001“

Fotos und Text sind nach viel Detailarbeit und zahllosen Korrekturläufen zu einem eBook geworden und beim iBookstore eingereicht — heute allerdings noch nicht verfügbar (”Book In Review. This book is currently being reviewed for quality assurance“). Das eBook wird gratis sein und ist nutzbar für iPad.

Während Apple weiter Qualität und Copyright prüft, ist hier das PDF verlinkt (32 MB Download). Die Auflösung ist reduziert, aber für die Bildschirmdarstellung ausreichend. Die meisten Fotos sind formatfüllend, Fotogalerien sind in der PDF-Version leider nicht interaktiv.

Der letzte Sonnenaufgang zwischen den Türmen

9/11-Tagebuch – Der letzte Sonnenaufgang zwischen den Türmen

SpiegelOnline veröffentlicht heute auf einestages, der Webseite für Zeitgeschichten, eine Auswahl der Fotos, die ich 2001 in New York gemacht habe und “Meine Woche im September 2001” als Zeitzeugenbericht: “Der letzte Sonnenaufgang zwischen den Türmen“.

Sie weisen auch auf die heutige Eröffnung der Fotoausstellung hin, (13.08.-03.10., Patton Stiftung: Sustainable Trust, Saargemünder Straße 70, 66119 Saarbrücken) und verlinken die Sonderseite “Wo warst Du am 11. September?” Anmerkung: Diese Seite betreibe ich nicht nur bis zum 11. September, wie SpiegelOnline schreibt, sondern ohne zeitliche Befristung. Es sind schon viele Erinnerungen und ich hoffe, es werden noch viel mehr.