Remember the elderly couple who died together in ‘Titanic’? Here’s their real-life heartbreaking story

The story of Titanic sinking broke our hearts, but this love story brought tears to our eyes.

It’s been twenty years since the film Titanic hit the screens. The movie was successful in capturing the moments and feelings of people when they face death and most importantly when they see their loved one giving up on life in front of their eyes.

While the movie was based on the tragic love story of Jack and Rose, there were many other heartbreaking stories that were forgotten eventually. There is one real-life story in particular, that would make you believe in true love. It is the scene in which water is filling up the ship from all ends and an old couple can be seen cuddling each other as the water fills their room.

In fact, most people rank the couple’s death as one of the saddest deaths in the movie and well, we agree. But what makes the story sadder is that the incident is based keeping in mind the pair who were on the Titanic when the incident took place.

The people in question are Isidor and Ida Straus. Isidor and Ida were passengers in the first class and were greatly admired by their co-passengers. Isidor was a co-owner of Macy’s. He also served briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

While Ida was a homemaker. The two got married in 1871 and were considered to be some of the richest people who were on board. This gave them the privilege of being accommodated in one of the fanciest and nicest cabins on the entire boat but that did not affect their modesty.

The two were traveling back from their vacation in France when the incident of Titanic hitting the iceberg took place. Once it was clear that the ship was going to sink, people were quickly rushed to the lifeboats in order to save as many lives as possible.

Among this, many women and children, as well as first-class people, were given the chance of boarding the lifeboat before the others. Isidor and Ida were also among them but Isidor refused to board the boat and asked the crew to help women and children instead.

On hearing that her husband won’t be boarding the boat, Ida refused to get on as well. Later, according to Titanic survivor Colonel Archibald Gracie IV, Isidor asked the deck officer if it would be possible for them to get on the boat together once everyone else was done being rescued

It is reported that Isidor told Colonel Gracie in a firm tone: “I will not go before the other men”. It is after this that Ida insisted her newly hired English maid, Ellen Bird to get into the lifeboat instead of her. She then gave Ellen her fur coat stating that she will not be needing it.

Ida reportedly said, “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” The eyewitness recall that the pair was last seen on the deck arm in arm. They also described the scene as a “most remarkable exhibition of love and devotion.”

The ship sank at 2:20 am and both of them died together on April 15. After the sinking of the ship, search boats were sent in order to look for the bodies of the passengers. On searching, a body was recovered by the cable ship Mackay-Bennett and brought to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The body was identified to be Isidor’s and was later shipped to New York. His body was buried in the Straus-Kohns Mausoleum at Beth-El Cemetery in Brooklyn and was then moved to the Straus Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in 1928.

Unfortunately, the body of Ida was never found. So, the family of Ida collected water from the wreck site and placed in an urn in the mausoleum. The couple is memorialized on a cenotaph outside the mausoleum. It also consists of a quote from the Song of Solomon which states, “Many waters cannot quench love—neither can the floods drown it.”

Along with Ida and Isidor, there were nearly 1,500 people who died on that night. The sinking of Titanic is also considered one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

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