Miss Edith Louise Rosenbaum (Edith Russell)
Miss Edith Louise Rosenbaum, 33, was born to a wealthy Jewish family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Better known as Edith Russell, she boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg she held ticket 17613 which cost £27 14s 5d, and occupied cabin A-11.
Edith Russell was reporting on French fashions at Paris' Easter Sunday races and decided to return to the states on the Titanic.
She wrote the following letter to her secretary back in Paris which she posted from Queenstown.
Edith had tried to get insurance on her numerous amounts of luggage and belongings but was told the ship was unsinkable so insurance was unnecessary.
When undressing for bed, Sunday night, Edith felt a slight jar followed by a much stronger second impact. As she was on the starboard side, she could see the berg glide by her window.
After a time of confusion and indecision, she had her steward retrieve one treasured possession from her stateroom. A small toy pig covered with white fur. Winding its tail caused it to play a piece called the Maxixe. She eventually left the Titanic on lifeboat 11.
World War I provided Edith with the opportunity to become possibly the first female war correspondent as she spent time in the trenches with the troops.
She traveled extensively during her life, weathered other catastrophes including car accidents, tornadoes and even another shipwreck, and attempted without success to find a publisher for her account of the Titanic sinking.
In her latter years she lived in a hotel in London where she became increasingly eccentric and disagreeable. Her final years were spent threatening lawsuits against everyone who committed what she perceived as transgressions against her, from hotel maids to those who delivered food to her. She lived in filthy surroundings in her hotel and rarely allowed hotel maintenance/janitorial employees to do any cleaning. Upon her death a maid commented to a London reporter that "Old Edy was the contrariest old hag what ever crossed my path."
She died in London on 4th April, 1975 at the age of 98, never having married and leaving only a couple of scattered cousins as survivors.
Philip Hind (Editor)
Randy Bryan Bigham, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Arthur Merchant, USA
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