A Visitor From Germany
Johannes Sprockamp, now 6, asks his mother Beate daily if he can call Papa in heaven. On Sept. 11, his father, Klaus Sprockamp, was at an 8:30 a.m. meeting at the World Trade Center that was supposed to last an hour. Mr. Sprockamp, 42, was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of LION Bioscience AG, a German firm.
He had recently hired Tracy M. Coffey, who was late to that meeting and who has since become friends with his family — close enough to be able to describe their lives before Sept. 11.
Mr. Sprockamp, she said, loved riding motorcycles until he met Beate, a surgeon. "He just completely fell in love with her, and he stopped with the whole motorcycle thing and settled for a convertible," Ms. Coffey said.
One of his passions was maintaining the hillside landscape surrounding their home in Muhltal, Germany. The boys wanted to be like their father. "Can I mow the lawn now?" Johannes asks.
Johannes is a serious boy, full of thought and wonder. He is quieter now and very often full of anger. His brother, Lucas, 4, has been persistent in the notion that "if the terrorists knew how much we love Papa, they wouldn't have flown the plane into the tower." He just recently began sleeping through the night again.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on May 19, 2002.