DEARBORN, Mich. – With events held around the world last week commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the Northern Atlantic, few among those participating knew that among the dead were scores of of Arab immigrants, reports The Arab American News.
According to the news report, Leila Salloum Elias, author of the recently published book, ‘The Dream and then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arab-Speaking Passengers,’ up to 122 Arab passengers were on the ship when it sank, claining some 1,500 lives.
Elias told The Arab American News that director James Cameron’s film, Titanic, depicts only one Arab family sinking, three hours into the movie. “It bothered me that I went to school and there was no mention of Arabs ever being on the Titanic. This was the height of immigration from greater Syria,” Elias said.
“This is an aspect of American history and Arab history…it makes you realize that we were also part of the same catastrophes as everyone else.”
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