#1463 | Thursday, July 11th 2002
i had just gotten back from school and my boyfriend (who is american) called me from his place where he was watching cnn. we didn't really talk then - he just told me to turn on the tv and watch cnn.
i couldn't believe what i saw and i called my mom and my colleagues at work (i had the afternoon off). they hadn't heard anything at that time and told me the next day that they spent the rest of the afternoon watching tv after i called.
i think none of us could imagine at that time what consequences this attack would have. i don't think i even got the importance and tragedy until i saw the first tower fall ... i went to see my boyfriend that evening spontaneously (he lives a few miles away) because he really was in shock and i felt like he needed me. i think he knew what it meant a lot sooner than i did. it finally "hit" me a couple of days later when i kept seeing desperate people trying to find their loved ones and single tragedies ...
i want to let everybody in the united states know, that germany grieved with you and still does. and i think everyone who helped victims or even saved a life by putting himself in danger is a real hero!!! LOVE TO YOU ALL from germany *

kim | 25 | Germany

#408 | Sunday, December 9th 2001
I was driving my Bus in Germany when I heard it on the News, one of the first things I thought was to to find a TV with CNN to view the tragedy and try to understand why this is happening and Who is responsible. Feeling for the lost and missing.. We also have learned that not only do we have a bigger and better Country but we also have more targets for Insane to destroy..
Bob | 44 | Germany

#379 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
Well, I was sitting at my computer in Heidelberg, Germany, when suddenly I got an ICQ message from a friend in Munich (Germany, too) telling me to turn on the TV. I then spent the next two hours glued to the TV watching the news and pictures rolling in. I got my other flatmates in, too, because I was the only one with satellite-tv and with that CNN and NBC. I had to leave for driving lessons for about 2 hours but when I returned they were still sitting there glaring at the TV saying nothing and switching between CNN, NBC and several German channels which were all showing pictures and reports. Germanys main TV Channels (ARD, ZDF) never stopped reporting for days. Nobody said a thing - we just sat there, 'gobsmacked' as we would say in Britain. Later on we started to phone family and friends.
I must say I was deeply moved whilst watching the pictures. I was watching live when the plane hit the second tower and the first and later the second tower collapsed. Over and over again I had showers of goosepimples rolling down my body. The worst of all was having to watch the people jumping out of the towers - I never ever want to see those pictures again, they make me feel sick because those people must have known that they had three choices: die slowly in the flames - die by slowly being crushed - die by jumping. What a nightmare!
In Heidelberg the sun was shining and it seemed to be a beautiful day. There we were - in romantic Heidelberg with it's castle glowing in the evening sun and thousands of people who stayed at home, glued to the TV. Heidelberg that evening was a quiet town mourning for what had happened thousands of kilometres away but had touched us all deeply.

Kay | 29 | Germany

#225 | Monday, October 29th 2001
September 11th 2001 caused a complete deadstop of my thinking. My son was sitting and eating a big pile of spaghetti pointing to the TV-set when I entered the room. It took about a second to realize that there would be a before the 11th of September and an after from then on. I said half to myself half to my son that nothing would be the same anymore now. This was too big for a babyboomer like me to have answers for to give to my kids.
Rainer | 43 | Germany

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