Each year, the 9/11 Memorial Museum rotates the objects on display in its In Memoriam gallery. The objects on view once belonged to, or were created in memory of, the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb. 26, 1993.
These rotations allow the Museum to share new objects and stories from the lives of the victims this Museum honors. A new selection of artifacts was rotated yesterday, speaking to the hobbies, writings or drawings of 19 of these individuals.
On view is a typewriter owned by Yudhvir S. Jain, who used the device long after his family obtained their first computer. His wife, Sneh, often joked that Yudhvir’s typewriter was his first love. He had relied on the device throughout his academic career, which yielded doctorates in computer science and chemical engineering. As a senior manager at the eSpeed subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald, Yudhvir was fluent in the latest technology but would return to his outdated electric typewriter when at home. After his death on 9/11, his family missed hearing his typing at night.
Arkady Zaltsman was an accomplished architect in his homeland of Moldova, where he helped design the country’s parliament building. After moving to Brooklyn in 1990, Arkady hoped to design buildings in the United States and make his mark on his new home. He “adored New York,” recalled his wife, Zhanna, and regularly took guests to gaze at the lower Manhattan skyline from his favorite walkway in Brooklyn Heights. In 1995, Arkady drafted this proposal as part of the competition to design the memorial at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Ronald Milstein often combined two art forms he loved, calligraphy and poetry, in handwritten creations. Here, in an untitled work from 1999, he reflected on a fleeting snowstorm. Beneath his poem “Defilade,” Ronald included a drawing of a calligraphy pen that resembled pens from his own set. He frequently gave friends and family these handwritten poems, along with antique pens from his collection.
These artifacts, and 19 other highlighted objects related to victims, will remain on view in the gallery for one year. Visitors to In Memoriam can learn more about each of the 2,983 people killed on 9/11 and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by exploring the interactive tables in the gallery.
Anyone interested in donating materials in memory of a loved one—objects, photographs or audio remembrances—is encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff