The Real Life Jack And Rose Who Refused To Leave The Titanic Without Each Other

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When Titanic was released in 1997, it ignited a new wave of interest in the disaster and the stories of the people on board.  

An illustration of the Titanic's

Passengers like the "unsinkable" Molly Brown have become famous for the stories of their dramatic escape from the ship, but before there was Jack and Rose, the Strauses were famous as the original love story of the Titanic disaster.

Isidor Straus moved to America from Germany with his family and quickly made a name for himself. Straus and his brother Nathan started selling crockery in the basement of New York's famous Macy's department store. Soon they became partners, and finally the store's full owners.

His business made Straus one of the wealthiest men in America, but nothing made him happier than his wife Ida. The couple had 7 children together (one died as an infant) and by all accounts were madly in love with one another.

Every day that these two were apart, they would write a letter to one another. Their grandson has a full collection of their letters, and guesses that they were together for all but 10 days during their marriage.

But that kind of love only makes what happened on the Titanic even more awful.

Click to the next page to read how their love story ended!

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