Sunday, February 14, 2016

Isidor and Ida Straus Were not Divided In Death

Isidor and Ida Straus married in 1871. When the Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912, the couple was returning from a winter sojourn in Europe. When the boat was sinking Ida refused to leave Isidor to take a place in a lifeboat with the other women and children; instead, she insisted that her maid take one, and that she wear her fur coat. Another traveler tried to offer his spot to Isidor who refused it as there were still women and children who had not been saved. Ida is reported to have said,“I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” Several survivors recalled seeing the couple standing on the deck, arm in arm, before the ship went down.

The Isidor and Ida Straus Memorial is located in Straus Park in Manhattan. The park is one block from where they resided at 105th Street and West End Avenue. An inscription reads, "Lovely and pleasant they were in their lives, and in death they were not divided."

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