A Metro Detroit family is honoring the legacy of their loved one who died in the attacks. Helen Rosenthal had dinner the night before the attacks with her brother Josh Rosenthal, 44, to celebrate the start of fall.
“We had spent, I think the weekend before and then the night before we had dinner,” Rosenthal said. “He was my best friend.”
The siblings grew up in Metro Detroit and eventually moved to Manhattan.
“We had each other in New York City. Michiganders coming to the big city. And we really helped each other forge our own paths,” Rosenthal said. “He was beloved by anyone he met.”
On the Tuesday of the attacks, Josh was last seen running back to his office on the 94th floor of the south tower.
Local 4 first sat down with Josh’s mother, Marilynn Rosenthal, two years after the Sept. 11 attacks and again on the five-year anniversary. At the time, Marilynn Rosenthal was a grieving mother who was searching for answers.
Her search for answers took her to the middle east. She met with Marwan al-Shehhi’s extended family. Marwan al-Shehhi hijacked the plane that crashed into the south tower.
Marilynn Rosenthal made notes about her research and created an outline for a book, but died of cancer in August before she had a chance to put anything in print. Helen Rosenthal hopes to carry on her mother’s dream of seeing her book published.