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Negative #: 2006-12494

Location: World Trade Center
Object #: 2004.0269
Source: Gift of Mary Maciejewski in loving memory of her husband Jan Maciejewski


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Wallet
Description: This wallet belonged to Jan Maciejewski, a Polish immigrant who was a waiter at Windows on the World, located in the 107th floor of the North Tower.

Context: Jan hadnít been scheduled to work the morning shift on September 11, 2001, but had agreed to fill in for a friend. According to newspaper reports, 99 percent of the people below the points of impact survived. Yet for those above the impact zones or trapped in elevators, there was no escape. Janís wallet was found in the debris; it contained $32 in burnt bills, 12 business cards, an address book and card holder.

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Windows on the World
Jan wearing his Windows on the World uniform, overlooking Manhattan, in 2000.
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Wedding Photo
Jan and Mary Maciejewski on their wedding day, in 1996.




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