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.