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Miriam Kantor

Mrs Miriam Kantor (née Sternin), 24, was born in Witebsk, Russia (modern-day Belarus). Her father was W. Sternin from Moscow, where she last resided. She and her husband Sinai boarded the Titanic at Southampton as second class passengers. To reach their destination they bought ticket number 244367 for £26. She intended to study dentistry.

They possibly travelled with Israel Nesson.

Mrs Kantor survived the sinking. She was rescued by the Carpathia , in which lifeboat is unknown, although boats 10 and 12 have been suggested as possibilities.

KANTOR, MRS. MARTIN. Saved in Lifeboat number 10 [?]. c/o City Office. Wife of Sinai Kantor. A University graduate in dentistry. Lived with cousins in New York City.

After arriving in New York, it is unclear if she joined family at their intended address 1735 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, or gone to her uncle, Mr Berman, at Boston, Massachusetts.

Her later whereabouts remain a mystery.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Miriam Kantor (née Sternin)
Born: circa.1888
Nationality: Russian
Religion: Jewish
Marital Status: Married to Sinai
Last Residence: in Vitebsk, Russia
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 244367, £26
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912

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  1. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    In Brian Ticehurst s book "Titanic Memorials World-wide Sinai Kantor is briefly mentioned:"Second class passenger 34 years old. Buried at Mount Zion Cemetery, Queens, N.Y." The Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, N.Y. kindly sent me a picture of his gravestone. It is a jewish cemetery. The letters on the gravestone seem to be in hebraic,russian language, inpossible for most people to understand. In Hermann Soldner s book "RMS Titanic Passenger and crew list" also Miriam Stenitchav Kantor is mentioned. A survivor with question marks with regard to when she was born and when and where she... Read full post

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Hello Arne, - Here is my complete printout on Mr. Kantor it might help you: Kantor, Mr. Sehua. Missing. Aged 34 years. Of Moscow Russia, en route to 1735 Madison Avenue, New York. To study medicine. Was also a commission agent and was importing several trunks of valuable furs, he was a university graduate. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number P. 64. Kantor. Widow and father received a grant of £100. Insurance claim C64. Life $50,000. Property $2,200 filed by his wife. Annual income $2,500. Body recovered number 283. Male. Estimated age, 36. Very... Read full post

  3. Ben Holme

    Ben Holme said:

    Of the Kantors I have little information, although I was recently in touch with a relative of 2nd class victim Israel Nesson, an electrician who travelled in company with Sinai and Miriam. It might be prudent to re-establish contact with the relative in the hope that further light might be shed on the couple. The Russians aboard the Titanic were, by all accounts, an elusive bunch, with the few survivors leading seemingly nebulous lives post-1912. Arne - I would be fascinated to see the photograph of Mr. Kantor's headstone. If you could provide the web address for the cemetery, I would... Read full post

  4. Michael Findlay

    Michael Findlay said:

    Hi Arne, Mr. Kantor is buried at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens, New York. Maspeth is a district in the borough of Queens, New York. Did you take notice of the inscription on Mr. Kantor's stone? Interestingly, Mrs. Kantor saw to it that the inscription on his stone read that he was a victim of the Titanic disaster. Of all the victims who were buried in New York City, and the surrounding boroughs, only Mr. Kantor, Mr. Chapman and Mr. Van der hoef have mention of the Titanic on their markers. As you may know, Mrs. Kantor isn't buried with her first husband but up until her... Read full post

  5. Michael Findlay

    Michael Findlay said:

    Dear Brian, In addition to your excellent summary of Mr. Kantor, I would like to add that Mr. Kantor was going to study medicine at the North General Hospital on Madison Avenue in Manhattan - located in East Harlem secton of Manhattan. Dr. Henry Frauenthal was active with this particular institution for many years, and his ashes were held at this location for many years. The North General Hospital was originally the Hospital for Joint Diseases (a field Dr. Frauenthal was a specialist in) but this particular unit was later relocated to Southern Manhattan where it operates today as the... Read full post

  6. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    Thank you Brian, Ben and Michael for interesting inputs. I got the letter from Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspet. It is probably this office which keeps the records for both cemeteries (Queens and Maspet) As I wrote the inscription on the stone is probably in Russian language. I was not able to read Titanic, 1912 or something like that on the picture. Interesting to be reminded about Dr. Henry Frauenthal. I have with interest read the peculiar story of his ashes kept on the hospital for so many years. I had never heard of anything like that before. Have any of you looked at the homepages of the... Read full post

  7. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    In "Roots Key" a magazine issued by Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles Summer/Fall 2005 there is an article about the couple Kantor. Obviously the magazine is read by many Jews. Perhaps one of the Jewish readers know what happened to Miriam Kantor in later life? I sent the picture of the inscription to the Jewish Society. They answered me that the inscription was wrong. The grave belonged to another Jew.

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