We've gotten a number of calls and e-mails from readers concerned
about an image on the cover of this week's New York
The cover story -- which is about our children's reactions to the
World Trade Center disaster -- is illustrated with a child holding
his drawing of a plane flying into one of the towers. We chose the
drawing because it suggested so powerfully the emotional impact
of this event on the city's children, especially those who lost
parents and those who were displaced from their schools and homes.
What we didn't notice, although several dozen people here at the
magazine saw the picture, is that the tiny stars drawn on the wings
of the plane look like Jewish stars.
I want to make it absolutely clear that the use of this picture
was not intended to express anything other than a child working
through a traumatic experience. It was drawn an hour after this
six-year-old boy, whose mother is Jewish, was carried, in his teacher's
arms, out of his school. We regret that it could be interpreted
in any way that causes divisiveness.
I've been asked: How could we not have noticed? The answer is that
we were looking at the drawing in the context of the story -- about
the fears, the pain and the loss children are absorbing -- and not
in a political context. It's a very moving story, one which is about
the emotional lives of children, and that's what we saw when we
chose the drawing. We probably didn't notice because, as anyone
who's been a parent knows, children often draw their first stars
by putting two triangles together; in this context, it's a child's
I deeply regret any misunderstanding generated by these stars, and
want to apologize to anyone who was offended by their presence.
I want to make it absolutely clear that we at New York
had no intention of furthering distortions and lies which help to