ERLIN, July 6 — An exhibition of photographs taken in
the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York
City and Washington has opened here as part of a series of
events to commemorate the date.
The show, titled "Here Is New York," opened Friday evening
at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, a building just yards from where
the Berlin Wall once stood.
"This trauma needs a face, and now we have many," Germany's
interior minister, Otto Schily, said at the opening of the
show, which is being partly financed by the Interior Ministry.
This is the first international stop for the show, which
originated in New York City and will travel to 14 cities
across Europe later this year, including Paris, London, Zurich
Using the same format as the original show in SoHo in New
York, the exhibition is a collection of unframed and
uncaptioned images clipped over wires strung across the room,
like images from a gruesome nightmare hung out to dry.
The opening was a quiet event. Little was heard in the
gallery but sound of footsteps as patrons moved from one image
to another across the wood floor.
For those who experienced Sept. 11 only on television, the
exhibition broke through the anesthesia of repeated news
"On CNN you saw the same clips again and again, and it
became like a movie," said one visitor, Christina Sas, as she
walked around the exhibit. "This gets under the skin."
For some who attended the opening, the images found
resonance with personal memories of Germany in World War
"I experienced the war as a little girl in Leipzig," said
Christel Friedrich, 64, as she stood clutching her handbag in
front of a wall of pictures. "I saw great buildings fall into
themselves. I remember watching a woman carrying her legless
husband out of the ruins of a bombed building that had just
"This is a different dimension," she said. "As a child you
just live it, as an adult you understand it on a new
Mr. Schily used the occasion of the opening to renew an
appeal to the United States to endorse the International
Criminal Court. "We understand the trauma" of Sept. 11, he
said, "but especially because we see this, this should be one
more reason more for the I.C.C."
Subtitled "A Democracy of Photographs," the show was put
together from images submitted by 3,000 photographers. About
500 photographs are being shown at this exhibition. More can
be seen on the Web site, www.hereisnewyork.org.
The Berlin organizers have added some photographs taken by
Germans in New York, the result of a request by a German
television program after Sept. 11 for viewers to send in their
images of the city. Most were taken before the attacks, but
even the more banal tourist snapshots gain depth when seen in
conjunction with images of the attacks.
The building housing the Sept. 11 exhibition was heavily
damaged at the end of World War II when Allied warplanes
bombed Hitler's underground headquarters, which was nearby.