Brush With a Nightmare

With the sad exception of Robert Speisman of Lazare Kaplan, who was aboard the American Airlines flight that crashed into the Pentagon, no member of the jewelry industry is known to have been injured or killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Several, however, were a little too close for comfort to the horrific tragedy. Here are their stories: Ordinarily in mid-October, William Barthman Jewelers would be getting ready for the upcoming holiday season. Instead, they are sweeping up the damage caused first by terrorists and then looters, haggling with their insurance company, and—saddest of all—seeing one after another of their former customers listed as "dead" in each day's paper. William Barthman Jewelers is located one block away from the World Trade Center, the area now known as "Ground Zero." The store has been closed since Sept. 1
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