WOW! You were a witness to the 9/11 attacks. It was intense enough to watch the replay on tv, but to actually see it happen before your eyes must have been terrifying. What did you do? And how did you process this? Fortunately, resilience is an amazing part of the human spirit. Everybody has their own way of getting through a life shattering crisis. For some, forgiveness seems to be a part of their belief system, part of their equation of recovery. (Not that this is always effective, because recovery from trauma has its own rhythm and timing.) Others are just really good at blocking things out--sometimes denial and compartmentalizing come in handy to get you to a place where you can begin to reconstruct your life. Though in this case, it is often the children of the various holocausts who pay for their parents unresolved PTSD. If the trauma isn't processed by one generation, it will inevitably get handed down to the next.