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The Straus family immigrated from Germany to America in 1854 and settled in Georgia, then later relocated to New York. Isidor Straus and his sons opened the world’s largest department store, Macy’s at Herald Square. In 1871 Isidor married Ida Blun, also from Germany. In addition to raising their six children, Ida joined her husband as a philanthropist with a special concern for health, education, and other public services. Straus Park, a triangular parcel bounded by Broadway, W. 106th Street and West End Avenue, was was named for the Strauses, who lived in a frame house at 2747 Broadway. Isidor and Ida Straus died on April 15, 1912 when the S.S. Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to America. The inscription on the rear exedra of the Straus Memorial pays tribute to Ida’s decision to remain aboard with her husband rather than save herself by boarding a lifeboat with the women and children.

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