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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. November 2003

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"For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed." When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers. Roxanne and Clarke Loper were excited to be on their way home from a lengthy and exhausting trip to Kazakhstan, where they had adopted a daughter, when their plane suddenly changed course and they found themselves in Newfoundland. Hannah and Dennis O'Rourke, who had been on vacation in Ireland, were forced to receive updates by telephone on the search for their son Kevin, who was among the firefighters missing at the World Trade Center. George Vitale, a New York state trooper and head of the governor's security detail in New York City who was returning from a trip to Dublin, struggled to locate his sister Patty, who worked in the Twin Towers. A family of Russian immigrants, on their way to the Seattle area to begin a new life, dealt with the uncertainty of conditions in their future home. The people of Gander were asked to aid and care for these distraught travelers, as well as for thousands more, and their response was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight-crew member so that he could give her a hug as a favor to her sister, a fellow law enforcement officer who managed to reach him by phone. Eithne Smith, an elementary-school teacher, helped the passengers staying at her school put together letters to family members all over the world, which she then faxed. Bonnie Harris, Vi Tucker

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Über die Vorgänge in Gander, Neufundland, hatte ich bereits kurz nach den Anschlägen einiges gelesen. Als Fluzeugenthusiast war mir nicht entgangen, dass die Lufthansa damals einen Airbus auf den Namen "Gander-Halifax" taufte, zu Ehren der beispiellosen Hilfsbereitschaft der Anwohner vor Ort. Mehr als zehn Jahre später stieß ich durch einen Blogeintrag auf das Buch von Jim DeFede und habe es gleich bestellt.

Von der furchtbaren Covergestaltung des Paperbacks sollte man sich keineswegs abhalten lassen. Jim DeFede beschreibt ohne triefenden Patriotismus oder Pathos die Ereignisse, die sich über tausend Kilometer entfernt von den zusammenstürzenden Türmen in New York abspielten. Als der amerikanische Luftraum gesperrt wurde, mussten tausende Menschen ihre Reise zwangsweise unterbrechen, und 38 Flugzeuge strandeten in Gander. Was sich dort abspielte, berührt zutiefst. Wer hat nicht die Zuversicht und den Glauben an das Gute im Menschen verloren, angesichts der Flugzeuge, die mitsamt ihren Passagieren zu riesigen Projektilen wurden, um zu zerstören, zu verletzen, ein ganzes Land, ja, die ganze Welt auf bisher unvorstellbare Weise zu erschüttern? Dieses Buch ist dazu angetan, den Riss zu heilen, der wahrscheinlich in vielen Seelen entstanden ist. Vollkommen selbstlos und ohne zu zögern taten die Einwohner von Gander und den umliegende Städten alles, um den entsetzten Passagieren ihren erzwungenen Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich zu machen und ihnen alles zum Leben Notwendige zu geben.
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Ein superinteressantes Buch, das einem sehr eindrucksvoll schildert, wie auch Menschen fernab von den Anschlagsorten New York und Washington von 9/11 betroffen waren. Neben einer Vorstellung der "Newfies", den Neufundländern, und deren Eigenheiten erzählt der Autor hier wunderbar die Geschichte von den verschiedenen von ihm befragten Menschen, die an diesem Tag in Gander zusammentrafen. Sei es der Lufthansapilot, der auf Anweisungen aus Deutschland wartet und Angst vor Terroristen im eigenen Flugzeug hatte, oder die Familie aus Texas, die auf dem Rückweg aus Kasachstan war, oder die Fluglotsen, die eigentlich zu viele Flugzeuge auf einmal dirigieren mussten, oder einfach nur Mitglieder des lokalen Lion's Club, die versuchen mit dem wahnsinnigen Ansturm fremder Menschen fertig zu werden. Ich fand das Buch sehr spannend, man kann sich wunderbar ein Bild von den Vorkommnissen machen und das Englisch sollte auch für Deutsche mit durchschnittlichen Englischkenntnissen im Großen und Ganzen verständlich sein.
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Dieses Buch ist zu empfehlen, wenn man Einsteiger bei englischsprachigen Romanen ist. Der Text ist gut verständlich und die Geschichte ist rührend und nach einer wahren Begebenheit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An inspiring account of how people took a day of destruction and turned into days of hope, care, solace, and humanity. 5. April 2015
Von Kiwiwriter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am basically a cynic who utterly lacks empathy, and regards the world as a cruel, vicious, heartless, place, dominated by sadists, egomaniacs, megalomaniacs, and jumped-up eighth grade bullies, who take joy in stomping weaker people in the face. I believe that the world is not based on human rights, laws, and ethics, but on one word: power...getting it, having it, using it, getting more of it.

So when I read this book, I had all my views flung into the Hudson River. Amid one of the most horrific days in human history, when 19 fanatics cold-bloodedly butchered thousands of human beings in a series of well-planned and ghastly attacks, the people of a fairly small town in a quiet and relatively obscure corner of the world displayed the highest levels of humanity, warmth, and hospitality, taking into their homes, schools, gymnasiums, and hearts thousands of innocent travelers who were caught stranded by this horror of history.

"The Day the World Came to Town" tells of how ordinary Canadians and equally ordinary airline passengers coped with being trapped together in the town of Gander during the days in which the entire United States' airspace was shut down. The small airport was packed with planes from all over the world, the town with people from across the globe, of every ethnicity, faith, and type.

The Canadians did everything possible to make these unsought guests as comfortable and welcome as possible. The guests in turn did everything they could to minimize their footprint on the town. And when they left, they did everything they could to thank the community -- there are scholarships established by some of the groups of then-stranded passengers to support education there: here is the website for one of them, run by the Columbus Foundation:

https://tcfapp.org/SecureFolder/Scholarship/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?ScholarshipKey=175

And the passengers built warm personal relationships with the folks in Gander, going back for the 10th anniversary:

http://petergreenberg.com/2011/09/08/ten-years-after-911-refugees-return-to-gander-newfoundland/

The writing is warm, close, lyrical, and focuses on people...the local Hugo Boss owner who gets to meet the big chief when his plane is stranded there...the family bringing home an adopted child from Eastern Europe...another family worried about the fate of their NYFD firefighter nephew (I won't give that ending away)...the London Rabbi who needs a special diet and wants to help others...the local residents who provide everything they have to visitors...the RSPCA inspectors who take care of the pets on the planes...the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant who gets permission to wear the "red serge" when the passengers finally leave...the famous artist's gift to a school.

After reading this book, I found myself having faith in humanity again. Maybe, in spite of the endless cavalcade of bullies, bad news, sadists, terrorists, uncaring rulers, tyrants, self-serving egomaniacs, and other human monsters that seem to define, rule, and carve up the world to their benefit...human beings are not so bad after all.

Maybe Anne Frank was right: "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart."

This book makes you believe that.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen the kindness of strangers 19. Mai 2016
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On 9/11 thousands of passengers from thirty-eight international flights were stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Unable to get off their planes for many hours, hungry and uncomfortable and with babies crying, these people, once allowed to disembark, were welcomed with open arms and generous hearts by the citizens of Gander and surrounding towns. People who on the surface had nothing in common had their lives entwined and became close.

One stranded couple DeFede follows had a family member who was thought to be at the Trade Center. For days they were unable to get information about their loved one but their hosts in Gander never stopped trying and ultimately succeeded in learning his fate. The animals stowed in cargo were treated with tender loving care. Some inhabitants turned their entire houses over to passengers, with instructions to take what they wanted and just close the door on their way out. In this small town solutions were found and accommodations made for an Orthodox Jew and a number of passengers who spoke no English.

The author does a very good job of juggling many different stories and locations. DeFede's book shines a light on the best of humanity during the darkest of times.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An inspiring story of 9/11 31. Oktober 2016
Von David Jones - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Day the World Came to Town is one of the best books I have ever read. I'm a 66 year old journalist and I've read a few books so I consider myself a reasonable judge. Although I'm an Australian, I happened to be in New York City recently at the time of the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. So it was particularly uplifting to read this wonderful account of how the equally wonderful people of Gander and Newfoundland embraced the thousands of international airline passengers forced to land in Gander after US air space was closed. They did themselves and all of humanity proud in going way beyond what might have been expected of them. It's rare to read something uplifting about the events of 9/11 but this book is one of them. Like Canada, we are a Commonwealth country and I like to think that Australians would be just as generous of spirit as these Newfoundlanders. We can only hope being put to this test will never be required. Gander certainly passed the test when it confronted them. Now I want to visit Gander for myself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Canada Steps Forward on 9/11/01 21. September 2015
Von Kate Shaw - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the wonderful side of a terrible day. On 9/11/01 when the United States was attacked by terrorists using our planes (so much for Rand Paul who says "Al Qaida Has No Airforce" eh?), all planes were ordered to land forthwith and American airspace was closed to planes coming from overseas. Fortunately, these planes had a refuge, the very large airfield, in the very small town of Gander, Newfoundland. This book covers approximately a week when every single citizen turned out to feed, clothe, shelter, entertain, comfort, and assist the vast and vastly different people from this forest of planes. From families coming home from Russia with newly adopted babies, to the Fashion Buyer (man) from Hugo Boss who required special underthings (and the townspeople found them), to three Askenazer Jews who required Kosher food (and believe it or not the townspeople found it!), to the parents of an American firefighter listed as missing (and later found dead)...everyone got special treatment from the tireless, cheerful, empathetic Canadians of Gander and several other tiny local towns. If you are depressed about the quality of humanity today, this is the book for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE DAY THE WORLD CAME TO TOWN: 9/11 9. August 2015
Von Annie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I cannot even describe how I felt when I heard and saw the destruction that was done on 9/11 and how many innocent lives were destroyed that day. Then I heard about this town where all flights to the US had to land and how the towns people welcomed all the passengers and went out of their way to help. And now, fourteen years later I saw this book on Amazon and knew I had to buy it. I shed many tears reading how these people did everything and anything they could do to help. They let passengers use their showers, even took many of them in when the shelters could not, even the animals on the planes (there were 10 cats and 9 dogs). Also 2 monkeys from Europe on their way to a zoo with their handler. They were all taken care off. When it finally was time to leave, many many people had made friends for life. I think everyone should read this book - I can highly recommend it. I am glad I bought it!
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