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Ferry Zandvliet-Paris Terrorist Attack Survivor
July 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
On Friday, November 13, 2015, Ferry attended a concert by the “The Eagles of Death Metal” at Le Bataclan Theatre in Paris. A terrorist attack during the concert took the lives of 89 fellow attendees and left 300 wounded. The emotional scars are felt by everyone who was there, including Ferry. It was a night that changed his life.
Chronic insomnia, hyper-alertness, anxiety and serious PTSS problems grew to dominate his life. He noticed that while his immediate environment became harder and angrier, he personally felt the opposite. The social hardening around him forced him to speak up; Ferry refused to be angry with the perpetrators, nor did Ferry let fear overtake him.
A week later, Ferry again attended a concert, and later formed a friendship with the father of one of the Bataclan terrorists.
Ferry will share his story of that night, the aftermath, and what he learned about himself and others.