NOTE TO READERS
name is Catherine Balkin and I am the founder of Balkin Buddies.
My husband was in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and this is our
story. Knowing how important primary sources are to educators
teaching history units, I used to send out our account of what
happened to us to teachers, librarians, and researchers upon request
as an attachment in emails. However, in 2009, the number of requests
was so high, I could hardly keep up with the demand. Therefore,
I decided to post it on this website so I could simply refer people
are free to share this account with your students or quote from
it as needed. We do not require that you ask us for permission
in advance and there is no charge to use it. We have no wish to
profit from 9/11 in any way.
be aware that there are some graphic scenes of what occurred that
day and you should review it before sharing it with your students
to make sure they can handle it.
of the length, I have broken it down into 10 pages:
story was also included in the History Channel's "Voices
from Inside the Towers," which has been shown each year
about the time of the 9/11 anniversary.
you have any questions, feel free to contact me.