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The Dream And Then The Nightmare – The Syrians Who Boarded The Titanic

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The Dream And Then The Nightmare: The Syrians Who Boarded The Titanic is a book written by Leila Salloum Elias. Leila, a Canadian Syrian, wrote this book with the desire to educate the world about the subject of the early Arabic-speaking immigrants who were aboard the Titanic. This work contains numerous personal stories and first-hand encounters of those who experienced the disaster that took place one hundred years ago. Lebanese and Syrians living across North America present their personal reflections on what exactly happened during those early morning hours of April 15, 1912.

We would personally like to thank Leila Salloum Elias for her generous donation of her book to our campaign, and the work has proven to be very helpful in our research regarding Little Syria, as well as the Arab-American diaspora. There is also a short section on the Armenians who were aboard the Titanic.

I would like to recommend this important work to anyone who has an interest in the Titanic or the early Arab-American history. Early Arabic newspapers and organizations are shown to have banded together to assist their people in this time of need. This alone greatly exemplifies the Lebanese and Syrian camaraderie with one another, a special trait that has always kept the community together.

Please view the few excerpts from the book that have been added below. This should give you a general idea of the content as well as the format of the book. There is also a photograph section in the back of the book of the individuals who were aboard the Titanic as well as their families.

For those who are interested in purchasing this book, please email Leila Salloum Elias at or alternatively, you can contact Save Washington Street and we will put you in direct contact with Leila ourselves.

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