My favorite love story from the Titanic is that of Isidor and Ida Straus. Jewish immigrants, they rose from poverty to fortune in one generation and were the owners of Macy’s Department Store in New York. As a couple they worked together. Ida supporting Isidor in his roles as a business man, Congressman, and philanthropist. Isidor also supported Ida’s efforts in their home and in her own philanthropic activities. Their story of partnership and love is inspiring, but nothing is as inspiring as their deaths.
Married to her husband for 40 years, Ida had a chance to board a lifeboat, but she instead chose to die in the arms of her husband as the RMS Titanic sank. She’s quoted as saying, “Where you go, I go.” Isidor tried to talk her into getting back into the boat, saying “The children, the children!” But her response was, “They will understand.” Isador’s body was recovered, as was his wedding ring, but Ida’s body was never found.