Ida Straus


Ida Straus

Original Name Rosalie Ida Blun
Worms, Stadtkreis Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death 15 Apr 1912 (aged 63)
At Sea
Cenotaph Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot F-4 Myosotis
Memorial ID 3677 View Source
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Wife of Isidor Straus, US Congressman, and Macy's Department Store Owner. She is best remembered for her dignified manner of death aboard the RMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. Born Rosalie Ida Blun, she married Isidor Straus in 1871, and the two were inseperable, writing to each other every day when they were apart. When the RMS Titanic sailed from England, the couple was returning from a vacation. After striking an iceberg, the crew began loading the women and children into lifeboats, refusing to let the men join their families. Mrs. Rosalie Straus refused to leave her husband on the sinking ship, and told him, "We have been together for many years. Where you go, I go;" this comment was overheard by several surviving witnesses. They were last seen together on the deck of the ship. After the sinking, the body of Isidor Straus was recovered by the British cargo ship "Mackay-Bennett," chartered by the White Star Line for the purpose of recovering as many of the dead as possible. Mrs Straus's body was never found. Isidor was buried in the Beth-el Cemetery, in Brooklyn, New York; the grave is also a memorial to his lost wife.

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