Almost everyone has seen the movie, Titanic. It’s the movie that shot Leonardo Dicaprio to fame, together with Kate Winslet. While Jack and Rose were the stars of the film, there is one scene that nobody can forget. It’s of the elderly couple who died on the Titanic while laying on their bed, holding on another tight, as floodwaters swirl all around them.
In the movie, Jack gave us his life for Rose. They were young, had only just met and were in love. Rose was a First Class passenger, Jack was not. Rose refused to leave without Jack but he made her go. Jack saved her life. We all know this story. Here is another equally touching story that happened in the same iconic ship.
THE TITANIC ELDERLY COUPLE
The elderly couple who died in the Titanic has a different story. This couple was based on the true-life story of Isidora and Ida Straus who had spent their entire lives together.
Isidor and Ida were first class passengers. Isidor was the co-owner of Macy’s Department Store while Ida was a homemaker. They married in 1871 and lived happily together ever since.
When the Titanic hit the iceberg and it was clear that the ship needed to be abandoned, women and children from first class were offered space in the lifeboats first.
Ida was not going anywhere without her husband. And Isidor was giving his space to women or children, irrespective of class.
As a matter of fact, the elderly couple who died on the Titanic chose to stay and die together. They had not been separated in life and wished not to be separated in death. Ida gave her coat – a smart coat, to her helper, and assisted her on to a lifeboat.
When Isidor and Ida realized they were not going to be rescued they got on to their bed, held each other tight, and waited. Waited for the waters to come and take them.
They died together – Committed, as always.