Titanic: A tragedy very much alive
The events of that night in 1912 haunted Jack Thayer for the rest of his life. Decades later, he wrote about it - a first-person account Lorin Stein edited for re-publication this year.
"Her deck was turned slightly toward us. We could see groups of almost fifteen-hundred people still aboard...
"Clinging in clusters or bunches, like swarming bees, only to fall in masses, pairs or singly, as the great after-part of the ship, 250 feet of it, rose into the sky."
For Stein, a distant relative of Thayer, the ghastly images are hard to shake, haunting: "It's very fresh in my mind. There are certain things he describes, like the moment when the ship went under and the people in the lifeboats watched it go down, and there are 1,500 people now floating in the water. And he says a great sob or sigh went up. And anyone, any New Yorker remembers the moment when the first tower when down, on the street, it was the same sigh or sob.
"This stuff is fresh."
Last Tuesday, descendants of Ida and Isidor Straus gathered at Macy's - the store Isidor co-founded - to honor their memories .
"I am so pleased there are so many family members here," said Kurzman.
And on this 100th anniversary , a new, and very special invitee - Lee Moore, a rabbi from Kent, Ohio. He said his grandfather told a story of a wealthy woman who gave up her seat: "And because of that, they got onto a lifeboat."
Before the Straus family contacted her a few years back, Lee Moore never dreamed her great-grandmother Bella, and her grandfather - just seven at the time - third class passengers, might be connected to Isidor and Ida Straus.
But indeed, family research has shown that it's just possible her great grandmother and grandfather were saved when Ida Straus made her selfless decision to stay with her husband.
"There's a chance I wouldn't be here if Ida hadn't given up her seat," Moore said.
One hundred years later, a new connection. A new chapter in the story that is still very much alive.
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