Titanic has been watched by millions of people around the world. Seriously, who hasn't seen this movie? The tragic story of Jack and Rose have left many sobbing into their popcorn. I still have to find a girl who hasn’t sobbed while watching a young, baby-faced Leonard Di Caprio drowning in that ice water. It’s just too much. All the feels. All of them.
Now, we know that the story of Jack and Rose is fiction — it’s an epic one, but it’s still fiction. But you know, when the Titanic did sink back in 1912, many people did lose their lives, including couples who were very much in love. One particular real love story will have you sobbing just like Jack and Rose’s fictional story does.
You see, we have our Jack and Rose as an example of a great love story. But back in 1912, after news hit that the “unsinkable” ship had sunk, there was another love story which made news and made people believe in love. It was the story of the Strauses.
Isidor Straus was one of the richest men in America. Straus had moved from Germany and soon he and his brother Nathan “started selling crockery in the basement of New York's famous Macy's department store.” When they became partners and store owners, the men became very rich.
Straus may have been filthy rich, but money wasn’t what made him the happiest. It was his devoted wife, Ida, who did. The two had seven children together and they were “madly in love with one another.”
The couple was often apart. And yet, their long-distance relationship only made them want each other even more. The two would write letters to one another. The letters are still available, owned by their grandson, who, when reading them, believed that his grandparents “were together for all but 10 days during their marriage.”
This is what makes their love story even more tragic. The two were on the Titanic together. It was their chance to spend more than a few days together but sadly, fate wouldn’t let them enjoy these days for very long.
But money was worthless when the ship hit that iceberg. Amid the panic, women and children were the ones to be allowed to board first on the safety boats. Ida too was invited into one of the boats but when she realized her husband wouldn’t join her, she refused to stay there.
And so, Ida removed her fur coat and gave it to her maid to wear it so that she could take her place. It was here that Ida was said to have declared: “I will not go before the other men.” No one would be able to persuade Ida to change her mind, and this woman took her place next to her husband and never left his side.
Ida was also reported to have said, “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” And that is exactly what happened. The Stauses “were last seen arm-in-arm on the ship's deck, waiting for their fate.”
The news of their love story hit very soon after the Titanic sank. People were drawn to the love of this woman who refused to save herself because she wanted to stay with her husband. It’s no surprise then if I tell you that the Strauses were featured in the movie Titanic as an ode to an amazing real love story.
How well do you remember the movie? Do you recall the old couple in bed huddled together? They’re shot in bed, holding each other, waiting for the ship to sink. All we see is the water suddenly crushing into their room and then they disappear.
Bottling Their Love Story In A Moment
Well, those are the Strauses. Although nobody knows how the two actually died, the moment in the movie does capture the love these two had for each other. At least, besides Leo drowning, that scene also brings a tight knot in my throat.
In real life, Ida’s body was never found. Isidor’s body was, however, and he was later buried in the Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery. There, on his head, there is a special inscription from the Song of Solomon which reads, “Many waters cannot quench love—neither can the floods drown it.”