9/11 memories exposed in Newseum exhibit

Beth Fertig knew what she saw when she saw  it. “I knew I’d seen thousands of people die in the most unbelievable way,” Beth Fertig, a reporter from WNYC, said in a film documentary titled Running Toward Danger. The documentary plays on a cycle at the September 11 exhibit in the Newseum, a museum specializing in exhibitions dedicated to all forms of communications located in Washington, D.C. The exhibit is by far the quietest in the museum; laughter and chatter can be heard from other floors and galleries, but silence is immediate as people walk into the chilling atmosphere. Wide eyes and jaws open are the norm and tissue boxes are set up around the exhibit in preparation for shed tears.

The documentary captures the most attention and emotion from the visitors throughout the exhibit. Running Toward Danger forces audience members to experience the brutality of the attacks in a way no other film or story has since the horrific day. Marty Glembotsky, a cameraman for Eyewitness News in 2001, said, “I was at a loss professionally.” The documentary emphasized the difficulties journalists faced when forced to find the balance between being a reporter and being a human being. The film  graphically shows people jumping out of the Twin Towers; meanwhile, the journalists were on the ground trying to capture the scne and stay alive. Thomas Franklin, a photojournalist famous for Raising the Flag at Ground Zero, frequently speaks throughout the film and says, “I never cried on an assignment before and I cried half a dozen times that day.” With the things he saw, it is easy to understand why.

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