In Cameron’s 1997 film, Titanic, many movie goers were touched by the fictional love story of Jack and Rose. Mirroring the romance of Jack and Rose, the everlasting love of Ida Straus and Isidor Straus was real. Like many other passengers, Isidor and Ida boarded the Titanic thinking that they would have a safe and relaxing trip. However, on April 15, 1912, Titanic hit an iceberg and was destined to sink.
Even though Ida and Isidor both perished on the Titanic on April 15, 1912, they could have been saved. When they both stood close to Lifeboat No. 8, the officer allowed them to get on the boat. Having a chivalrous nature, Isidor refused to get on Lifeboat No. 8. He knew that there were still women and children on the vessel. When Ida’s husband stayed on Titanic, she did not want to leave without him. She had an everlasting love for her spouse. She said, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.”
Before the Titanic tragedy, Ida and Isidor had a wonderful marriage. Born on February 6, 1849 in Worms, Germany, Ida always supported her husband. Ida married Isidor in 1871. They had seven children. Ida’s life was focused on her husband and children. She was a dedicated wife and mother.
Born on the same day as his wife Ida, Isidor was destined to be Ida’s soulmate. Isidor was born in Otterberg, Germany on February 6, 1845. He co-owned the Macy’s department store with his brother Nathan. Isidor worked very hard to become a successful businessman. In addition to being a businessman, he proudly served as a U.S. Congressman from January 30, 1894 to March 3, 1895. As a U.S. Congressman, he was a Democratic representative to New York’s 15th congressional district.
According to friends and family, Ida and Isidor had a very close union. When Isidor traveled on trips as a businessman or as a politician, he kept in touch with Ida by writing letters to her. In fact, they both exchanged letters often. Even when they were separated, they never grew apart proving that they both shared an everlasting love.
When Isidor and Ida perished on Titanic, they were never forgotten. Their everlasting love inspired the Jewish community. Many rabbis spoke of their everlasting love. Across the world, people were moved by this lovely couple who loved one another till their last breath.
In the United States, there are memorials that pay tribute to Isidor and Ida. There is a plaque in the 34th Street main entrance of Macy’s Department Store in Manhattan honoring Ida and Isidor.
In this world, love often ends so quickly. This makes the true story of everlasting love between Ida and Isidor even more special. Their everlasting love is the greatest love story of the Titanic.