'Twins of the Twin Towers' 9/11 - the 46 twins who perished

While the stories of mothers, fathers, brother and sisters have been told, these untold stories of the 46 twins losing their twin in the 9/11 attacks on the Towers is in a documentary airing Sunday night.

The attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11 saw thousands of family members perish with more than 40 sets of twins left without their closest sibling they ever had. These are the siblings that they came into the world with the day they were born and you don't get much closer than that. “The Twins of the Twin Towers” airs tonight on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) at 9pm EST.

This documentary was produced by the BBC Wales and directed by Olivia Lichtenstein, with Tim Green as the producer. While thousands of lives were lost on 9/11, 46 lost a sibling that is the closest kind of sibling, a twin. The documentary will explore the unique connection the siblings shared and the process that they needed to endure in order to get on with their lives without their virtual other half.

Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on 9/11 and among them was this one small group and these men and women survivors are seen in the previews for this documentary. One man said he was on a mission after he lost his twin brother in the 9/11 Twin Tower attack. He had to find out how many others were out there that also lost their twin brother or sister.

Another man comes on the camera and says, “While people call their husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, their other half, my other half was my twin brother.” The last person to speak on the documentary trailer, which can be seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network from the link in the first paragraph, is a woman who lost her twin and said that she doesn’t want to take away from anyone who lost a family member, but twins are special too.

One of the stories was about a firefighter, Zachery Fletcher, who is a N.Y.C. Fire Fighter; he lost his twin on 9/11, who was also a Fire Fighter. His brother Andre perished when the South Tower crumbled. He was searching and helping the victims in that Tower at the time of his death.

Gregory Hoffman’s twin brother Stephen was on the phone with him as he lost his life when the second plane hit the Towers. Lisa DeRienzo, a former undercover NYPD police officer, lost her stock broker twin brother. Michael, her brother, believed he had one of the safest jobs in the world.

Twins are a remarkable set of siblings, as some of the extra sensory gifts that many of them share in comparison to ordinary siblings have been well documented. Many of these special pairs of siblings say that when one twin is hurting, the other knows it. This is just one of the unique extra sensory perceptions that come from the stories that twins have told over the centuries.

Studies of identical twins separated at birth show unique similarities between the two, who have never laid eyes on one another before. The Cal Tech website talks about identical twins and how they held similar jobs, liked the same kinds of food, along with many other things they had in common even though they were raised apart. They are different from fraternal twins, as identical twins share the same DNA. But fraternal twins also offer up special bonds when asked.

The documentary, “Twins of the Twin Towers” not only offers a remembrance to these special victims of 9/11, it also gives a good insight into these special sets of siblings.

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Will the Twins of the Twin Towers re-run sometime? If so, when? I missed it! Thank you!

Submitted by Roz Zurko on
Hi, I have searched for an encore showing of this documentary and it doesn't look as if one is scheduled to air, at least not in the near future. I am sorry. You may be able to few it online if you did a search. Thanks for reading the article and thanks for your comment...it is greatly appreciated.... Roz Zurko

Submitted by Tanisha (not verified) on
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Submitted by Elaine Duddy (not verified) on
Many people missed the program do to all the other tributes and sporting events. Can you tell me if there are any plans to repeat this program so more people can watch it? It was excellent and it was something people would never think about otherwise. Who can I write to so that it will be rebroadcasted? Thanks!

Submitted by Roz Zurko on
Hi, thanks for the comments, the show was aired on OWN (Oprah's network) so as far as writing someone, maybe you could start there... thanks again Roz Zurko

Submitted by Patty (not verified) on
My twin sister saw it while i fell asleep next to her. I wish she would've woken me up for it! The next morning she woke me up & cried while telling me about the program. I can't imagine losing her, I'd go crazy or die of a broken heart.

Submitted by Patty (not verified) on
My twin sister saw it but did'nt wake me up for it, I wish she would've! The next morning she woke me up & cried while telling me about the program. I can't even begin to imagine how I'd feel if I lost her, I'd go crazy or die of a broken heart.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i heard about this programme and wanted to see if i could find it, but to be honest i don't think i could bring my self to watch it. I have a twin sister, and if she died my world would stop. RIP all the 9/11 victims, and the families still having to live with the loss.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i heard about this programme and wanted to see if i could find it, but to be honest i don't think i could bring my self to watch it. I have a twin sister, and if she died my world would stop. RIP all the 9/11 victims, and my heart breaks for the families still having to live with the loss.