In the early 1970s Alena Sesinova fled communist-controlled Czechoslovakia and immigrated to the United States.

She went on to become a systems analyst for Marsh and McClennan. She was working in their office in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

Alena was 57 years old when she was killed. Her partner of 22 years, Barbara Cattano, remembered her at StoryCorps.

Recorded September 13, 2001.