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These two were supposedly based on a real couple, who said they wouldn’t board a life boat as long as there were younger people still aboard the ship. They both went below deck, presumably to their room, and that’s the last time they were seen.

Isador & Ida Straus

The couple had been married for 41 years at the time of the disaster. They raised six children together, and were almost inseparable. On the rare occasion that they were apart, they wrote each other every day. They even celebrated their birthdays on the same day, although they were well apart from one another. During the sinking, Titanic’s officers pleaded with the 63 year old Ida to board a lifeboat and escape the disaster, but she repeatedly refused to leave her husband. Instead, she placed her maid in a lifeboat, taking her fur coat off and handing it to the maid while saying, “I won’t need this anymore”. At one point, she was convinced to enter one of the last two lifeboats, but jumped out as her husband walked away to rejoin him.

When last seen by witnesses, they were standing on deck, holding each other in a tight embrace. Their funeral drew some 6,000 mourners at Carnegie Hall.

A monument to them still stands in a Bronx cemetery, it’s inscription reads: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”

(Source: beben-eleben)


I’ve changed so much as a person since I’ve met Ellen. I used to think that the way to be strong was to be tough. I used to think that to be independent was to not need anyone. She’s taught me that the more vulnerable you are, and the softer you are, and the more you allow people into your life, and into your heart, the happier you are, and the more valuable you are to other people. Ellen has completely changed the way I look at life. She’s made me not worry about what other people think. I mean I’m still working on that, I have to be honest. But she’s taught me that who I am is perfectly good enough, and that I don’t have to pretend to be anything other than who I am. And that’s been the most incredible gift that she’s given me, that anyone could give to anybody that they love”

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