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Isidor and Ida Straus
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Entrepreneur
    (February 5, 1845-April 15, 1912)
    Isidor
    (February 6, 1845-April 15, 1912); Born in Otterberg, Germany
    US Congressman for New York (1892-1894)
    Co-owner of Macy's Department Store
    Drowned on the RMS Titanic after it struck an iceberg
    Ida (Circa 1849-April 15, 1912); Born in Worms, Germany
    Birth name was Rosalie Ida Blun
    Drowned with her husband on the RMS Titanic
    The crew was willing to let Mr. Straus get into a lifeboat, but he refused to leave before the other men.
    Ida refused to leave him, thus sealing both their fates.
    They spent lots of money traveling.
    They were married for over forty years and were devoted to each other.
    Ida threw her arms around Isidor's neck on the boat deck and said, 'We've been together for many years and we will die together.'
    They became a success in America in spite of anti-semitism.
    They donated lots of money to Jewish charities and for the needy.
    His refusal to enter a lifeboat was an act of bravery.
    His body was recovered from the wreckage; hers was never found.

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