Academic journal article German Quarterly

Preface

Academic journal article German Quarterly

Preface

Article excerpt

On September 11, 2001, as we were putting the finishing touches on the introduction to this special issue of The German Quarterly, two hijacked commercial airliners slammed into the World Trade Center. The loss of lives and livelihoods wrought by this terrorist attack and that on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as by the crash outside Pittsburgh of a fourth hijacked plane is being felt not only by those directly affected, but by people around the world. The void in the New York skyline has become an eerie and tragic site of memory. Once "the city's most conspicuous and symbolically freighted civic monument" the ruined site where the twin towers once stood is itself a memorial; "an aching emptiness that is the architectural counterpart to a human loss" (Michael J. Lewis, New York Times Sept 19, 2001). The absence of the towers casts a deep shadow and joins other shadows cast by those sites in human history that become memorable through tragedy and unspeakable violence. …

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