Lukasz Milewski

Lukasz Milewski
World Trade Center

His First Job in America



On July 11, Lukasz Milewski landed in the United States for the first time. His parents, who immigrated from Poland to New York City just a year ago, had left him and his sister, Kamila Milewska, behind to finish college.

Mr. Milewski, 21, found a summer job serving food at the Cantor Fitzgerald canteen. "He was the only Polish guy, and soon everybody knew him," said Ms. Milewska, who had come to the United States with her brother. "He was the best brother in the world. Last year, we only had each other. When I broke up with my boyfriend of six years, only he could find a way to help me. He told me that life was too short to worry."

Proud to be working in the World Trade Center, Mr. Lukasz sent many photos of himself in front of the towers to his girlfriend in Poland. He told his sister that he would keep going to school and find a permanent job in the trade center.

The family is returning to Poland this month to plan for his funeral. "We will put in the coffin his favorite CDs and T-shirts, letters from me, his girlfriend and our parents, photos and teddy bears," Ms. Milewska said. "In a way, I don't want them to find his body. I want to remember him handsome and smiling."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 3, 2001.




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