Above, you’ll see the sheet music cover for a Yiddish song. Written in 1912, The Titanic’s Disaster honors the memory of Isidor and Ida Straus, who bravely went down with the ship in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
If one thinks at all about Jewish connections to the Titanic disaster, the Strauses come to mind first, and then maybe Benjamin Guggenheim. But there are other Jewish connections to Titanic as well. Here, we share some of them with you.
Special thanks go to author Charlie Haas, president of the Titanic International Society, who began researching Titanic’s kosher food service when a Jewish member of the society asked him about it. Charlie and his writing partner, Jack Eaton, spent hours digging through their files and double checking facts to provide valuable information and images for this project.
The numbers used in these articles regarding casualties and survivors are those meticulously researched and counted for more than 30 years by society member Bob Bracken. In addition to its website, the society accepts inquiries by mail at Titanic International Society, PO Box 416, Midland Park NJ 07432-0416.
Thanks also go to Valery Bazarov, director of family history and location services with HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, for his help and insights.
- Marshall Weiss, Editor & Publisher, The Dayton Jewish Observer