Neither Can the Floods Drown It: A Titanic Love Story

(Photo: wikicommons/ F.G.O. Stuart)

(Photo: wikicommons/ F.G.O. Stuart)

We here at Stand for Israel have long been fans of James Cameron’s epic movie, Titanic. No scene in the film is more touching than the elderly couple shown lovingly embracing one another during the doomed ocean liner’s final moments.

But we are even bigger fans of history, and today we have a true and epic love story to share with you — the story of Isidor and Ida Straus, a Jewish couple aboard the ship on whom those characters were based.

Isidor Straus was born to a Jewish family in Germany on February 6, 1845. Immigrating to the United States as a boy, Isidor grew up to briefly serve on Congress and also become co-owner (along with his brother, Nathan) of Macy’s department store.

Ida Blun was also born on February 6 in Germany, though four years later than her husband. Her Jewish family came to America, as well, where she met and married Isidor in 1871. The couple had seven children and were known as particularly affectionate throughout their marriage — writing letters to each other everyday when Isidor was away on congressional duties or business. This love and affection would be displayed right up until the end.

Rosalie_Ida_Blun_Straus

(Photo: encyclopedia-titanica.org)

 

Isidor and Ida spent the winter of 1912 in the south of France, and were excited to return to America. Booking passage on the latest and most luxurious ocean liner of the day, the Strauses boarded the RMS Titanic for the voyage across the Atlantic. On the night of April 14, 1912, the ship hit an iceberg and quickly began to sink. And while the popular movie might have us believe that the elderly couple died holding tightly to each other in their bed, the truth is much more moving.

As the giant vessel began to list and sink, and as the rush of passengers crowded toward the few available lifeboats, Isidor was offered a seat in one of them so that he could accompany his wife. Mr. Straus saw that there were still women and children aboard the Titanic and would not allow himself to be saved before them. Ida insisted that her maid safely board a lifeboat, but refused to leave her beloved husband’s side, telling Isidor, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.”

Just a short while later, Titanic sank, taking Isidor and Ida Straus with it, along with more than 1,500 others. The Strauses were last seen on the ship’s deck, arm in arm. Isidor’s body was recovered and buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, while Ida was never found. On their shared monument, this loyal Jewish couple’s love is memorialized with these timeless biblical words of Solomon:

Many waters cannot quench love – neither can the floods drown it. (Song of Songs 8:7)


Author: Stand For Israel | February 6, 2014
Posted in:  American Jews, History


 

What do you think?

  • Diana
    February 9, 2014
    10:33 am
     

    That you for sharing this very tender and heart felt true story and their great love of one another,They knew that death would not separate their love nor would their love 4 a child.

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  • Bob
    February 9, 2014
    9:44 am
     

    Having just read about the Straus’ Titanic story, I clicked on the next listed story to find Babe Ruth also was born on February 6. I don’t ascribe any special meaning to it but found it interesting.

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  • MICHAEL--A GENTILE BELIEVER IN YESHUA
    February 9, 2014
    9:35 am
     

    IT WAS ONLY THEIR PHYSICAL BODIES WHICH DIED. HOWEVER, THEIR SPIRIT MAN IS VERY MUCH ALIVE, YOUNG,& WILL NEVER DIE AGAIN—BARUCH HASHEM & TODAH TO FATHER ADONAI FOR LOVING US BELIEVERS.

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  • Mary
    February 8, 2014
    10:15 am
     

    Titanic was sabotage A magnate to steer off course same old evil then.

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  • Vivian
    February 8, 2014
    4:26 am
     

    Stories of undying love like that of the Straus’s lift my spirit and make me wish I experienced love like this. It is a rare and precious gift! I know they are happy together in the afterlife!

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  • vicki
    February 7, 2014
    7:45 pm
     

    Now why could’nt they of told this true love story in the movie the way it really happened instead of showing the Straus’s curling up like scared fleas? Hollywood put dignity back into our movies

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  • vicki
    February 7, 2014
    7:42 pm
     

    Now why could’nt they of told this true love story in the movie the way it really happened instead of showing the Straus’s curling up like scared fleas? Hollywood put dignity back into our movies

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  • samantha
    February 7, 2014
    7:04 pm
     

    It was nice to hear about a true love story . thanks for sharing such an amazing story.

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  • sandra
    February 7, 2014
    7:03 pm
     

    wow!!! what an amazing true love story, simply beautiful!

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  • June`
    February 7, 2014
    12:30 pm
     

    For those of you who may be interested, the book that Barbie refers to is A TITANIC LOVE STORY: IDA AND ISIDOR STRAUS. It is available from the publisher, Mercer University Press, and from Amazon.

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  • T. David
    February 7, 2014
    9:28 am
     

    It is so refreshing to get the details of a true love story as opposed to another opportunity to showcase American morality in the latest version of the story!

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  • Betty
    February 7, 2014
    9:09 am
     

    Love the Jewish people. This is so great to know, thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Mary
    February 7, 2014
    8:15 am
     

    Thank you so much for this eye opening event of truth, love and the meaning of what love truly is.

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  • Oree
    February 7, 2014
    7:10 am
     

    oh my!!

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  • Denise
    February 7, 2014
    3:15 am
     

    Love never fails….This is a bautiful pucture of what true love looks like.

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  • billy
    February 7, 2014
    2:06 am
     

    just exactly the kind of love jesus christ the messiah has ask us to show for each other as husbands & wives just think of how they would have shared the love of christ each day of their lives

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  • Mary
    February 7, 2014
    1:45 am
     

    Very sweet story,my Mother was 14 when the Titanic went down,she Had a
    poem she told us all about that time!!I love my Irish roots and the wonderful storis she used to tel,thanks for sharing this!!

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  • Bill
    February 7, 2014
    1:36 am
     

    God ‘s love & faithfulness is most beautiful when it is expressed by His creation.

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  • Pamela
    February 7, 2014
    1:29 am
     

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful love story!

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  • Gloria
    February 7, 2014
    1:15 am
     

    Many waters cannot quench love – neither can the floods drown it. (Song of Songs 8:7)

    Wow!!! such love !!! May we be this committed not only to our earthly partners but Jesus, Himself! <3

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  • Caroline Straus
    February 7, 2014
    1:08 am
     

    This acurate and descriptive article is a lovely tribute to my paternal great grandparents Isidor & Ida Straus and their inseparable love for one another. Thank you for posting their story!

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    • Diane
      February 7, 2014
      9:47 am
       

      Dear Caroline, I do hope you have inherited your grandparents Genes ? This is thelove between two people and their fellow men and women which is missing in this day and age.
      Shalom Shabbat.

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    • Donna
      February 8, 2014
      9:14 am
       

      God Bless you! You have such a godly and loving heritage!!

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  • Steve
    February 7, 2014
    12:50 am
     

    Love goes on forever !

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  • Betty
    February 7, 2014
    12:45 am
     

    What a beautiful love story.

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  • Sharon
    February 7, 2014
    12:07 am
     

    What a beautiful love story! After 45 years with the most wonderful husband God could have ever given me, I could not imagine leaving him. I wish they could have found Ida!

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  • Kimberly
    February 7, 2014
    12:05 am
     

    That is the sweetest love story of true love! I think it would be an awesome love story of their life in a movie and a book!

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  • Russell
    February 6, 2014
    11:44 pm
     

    My wife and I have been married since we were sixteen. We are now fifty two. We have been married thirty seven years. Their is no way I would go before women and children. So I know my wife would stay

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  • Patricia
    February 6, 2014
    11:44 pm
     

    My thoughts are that Hollywood attempted to make a wholesome husband wife relationship look somewhat shoddy, so happy to know the truth of this fine married couple. So sad Ida was not found.

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  • Kari
    February 6, 2014
    11:43 pm
     

    Thank you for posting this! What a beautiful story!

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  • Patti
    February 6, 2014
    11:38 pm
     

    THAT’S true love.

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  • Linda
    February 6, 2014
    11:00 pm
     

    Oh how beautiful. My husband, and I would do the same. Wonder how many would do that now? Sad how this world has changed. Peace and Love and safety for all. God loves us all. Why can’t the world see

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  • sophia
    February 6, 2014
    10:33 pm
     

    非常感人

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  • Natasha
    February 6, 2014
    10:27 pm
     

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this touching story.

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  • Michelle
    February 6, 2014
    9:53 pm
     

    What a sad and beautiful love story.Mr.Strauss and Mrs.Strauss were truly noble and brave.What happened on the RMS.Titanic was trajic so many lost their lives.

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  • Marna
    February 6, 2014
    9:48 pm
     

    I have always thought this was the real love story of the Titanic, not some fabricated “romance”. Ida and Isidor are the genuine article.

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  • teresa
    February 6, 2014
    9:39 pm
     

    This is the type of relationship we should all strive for. The beauty of yheir love for one another and the selflessness giving to save others. Today it is rarely seen. Wish it were not.

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  • Cynthia
    February 6, 2014
    9:38 pm
     

    What a wonderful love story!

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  • Sc
    February 6, 2014
    9:23 pm
     

    Their commitment to each other shows true love and their act of compassion saving others who had their whole lives ahead of them was true love of their fellow man.

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  • Jerry
    February 6, 2014
    9:23 pm
     

    Sharing their love to each other, to the end, history will not forget them.

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  • CECELIA
    February 6, 2014
    9:15 pm
     

    this couple loved eachother beyond love, wow amazing with huge conchiouns, what a true story.

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  • tracy
    February 6, 2014
    9:14 pm
     

    very selfless of them to let others go and then to stick together like that… wow. that I is love and companionship.

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  • Cynthia
    February 6, 2014
    9:10 pm
     

    Beautiful and inspiring.

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  • Dennis
    February 6, 2014
    9:09 pm
     

    Very moving story. The Jewish thing to do is what they did.

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  • Barbie
    February 6, 2014
    5:58 pm
     

    As I was saying, I am in tears of joy to see this featured on the Stand For Israel website with Rabbi Eckstein because I am also a fervent supporter of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews!

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    • Norma
      February 7, 2014
      9:59 am
       

      I am in tears with joy,the presence of the Lord cover me reading this love story.Where you go, i go,where you stay, i stay, i will follow you Jesus.I support the International Fellowship of C.Jews .

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  • Barbie
    February 6, 2014
    5:57 pm
     

    Isidor and Ida Straus are my Great-Great-Grandparents and I am on the board of the Straus Historical Society which worked closely with the author of “A Titanic Love Story”whom I also know personally!

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    • Martha
      February 7, 2014
      2:39 pm
       

      Barbie, I learned about your family by doing a little internet research concerning a heavy white ironstone platter made for the US Coast Guard. Your family story is a beautiful one.

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