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Photographer recounts surviving WTC collapse

Independent photojournalist Catherine Leuthold had survived the collapse of the World Trade Center's south tower.

Feeling uncertain about whether she would escape what was to come in the attack, she sought a reflective surface. She found a large mirror, pointed her camera at it and snapped a shot.

"I took this picture in a deli on Broadway across from St. Paul's (Church) to document that I had survived the first (tower) collapse, and if anything happened to me they would find my camera and film for ID purposes," Leuthold recalled.

Leuthold shared her unbelievable story with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as part of an ongoing effort to record oral histories.  Listen to Leuthold's story and many others in the museum's permanent collection by clicking here.

By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial