Brandeis, Louis D.
Lehman, Herbert H.
Levy, Uriah P.
Magnes, Judah L.
Santangel, Luis de
Seixas, Gershom M.
Singer, Isaac B.
Straus, Isidor & Ida
Torres, Luis de
by Alex Shagin & Mel Wacks (1988), Titanic - Isidor & Ida
Straus, David Sarnoff.
"unsinkable" Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, 1,513 lives were
lost. Especially hard-hit were the men in First and Second Class
and all Third Class passengers.
(1845-1912) and Ida Straus (1846-1912)
Born in Bavaria
in 1845, Isidor Straus came to the United States at the age of
9, residing first in Georgia and then in New York City. Together
with his brother Nathan, Isidor started to sell glassware and
china in R. H. Macy's in 1873. By 1896, the enterprise was so
successful that the Strauses purchased the entire store, helping
to build what is now the largest store chain in the world.
was a trusted advisor to President Grover Cleveland, and he served
briefly in Congress. Isidor was also a founder of an endowment
fund for the Jewish Theological Seminary.
As the Titanic
was sinking, because of his age (67), Isidor was told that he
would be allowed to depart with the women and children. But he
firmly refused any special treatment, saying he would enter a
lifeboat only with the other men. He urged his wife Ida to board
a lifeboat, but she also declined, reportedly saying, "We have
been living together for many years, and where you go, I go."
Over 40,000 people attended the couple's memorial service, and
their story was told in a Yiddish song by Solomon Smulewitz.
the Titanic disaster, young 21 year old David Sarnoff remained
glued to his wireless earphones in New York for 72 hours straight,
and was one of the first to relay the names of the survivors from
the Carpathia's telegraph operator to newsmen and frantic family
1891, in a shtetl near Minsk, Sarnoff came to America at the age
of 9. His father died when David was only 15, so he left school,
taught himself Morse Code, and the rest is history.
In the year
1915, David Sarnoff conceived of the idea that radios could "bring
music into homes by wireless," but his memo to his superiors at
the Marconi Company was dismissed as a wild scheme. When he joined
RCA in 1920, they agreed to develop his concept. Just three years
later, Sarnoff wrote, "I believe that television will come to
pass in due course," and at the 1939 New York World's Fair he
proudly showed off the latest electronic marvel. Five years later,
President Roosevelt appointed Sarnoff as a Brigadier General,
and the Television Broadcasters Association conferred upon him
the title "Father of American Television."
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