The International Lebanese Titanic Committee (ILTC)

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The International Lebanese Titanic Committee (ILTC)

The RMS Titanic is the most remembered non-war disaster of the twentieth century. The scope of the disaster was tragic in terms of the loss of lives and in terms of the devastation that the unsinkable masterpiece sunk. Men, women and children from various nationalities perished on that ill-fated day in April of 2012.

Among the various nationalities aboard the ship, there were people from Lebanon. They were like many of the voyagers, immigrants who were either returning from a trip home, or on route to America for the first time. Those who perished took their stories with them and those who survived recorded what they have experienced. However, much about the Lebanese aboard the Titanic remains unknown, especially their full list of names and place of birth.

The WLCU-British Columbia Council, the Irish-Lebanese Cultural Foundation and the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University thought that it is fitting to form a steering committee under the banner of the “International Lebanese Titanic Committee” (ILTC) that would try every possible way to identify the Lebanese aboard the Titanic and to unveil their names and story.

The “International Lebanese Titanic Committee” (ILTC) support the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage that was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 2 November 2001, (15 April 2012 marks the moment when the Titanic wreckage will be protected under the convention). 

The objectives of this Committee are, among others, to:

  • Collect as much information as possible on them and their descendants;
  • Correct their names without the Anglicization or phonetic approximation that shrouded their true identity for a century;
  • Ascertain their Lebaneseness;
  • Add material to the already established collection on the Lebanese aboard the Titanic at the Lebanon and Migration Museum of the Lebanese Emigration Research Centre at Notre Dame University in Lebanon.
  • Create a webpage that is dedicated to the memory of the Lebanese aboard the Titanic to share our findings and to encourage the Lebanese diaspora to contribute to this effort.
  • Commemorate annually the Lebanese who perished with the Titanic.
  • Encourage the municipalities of the villages where these Lebanese originated to erect monuments related to the Titanic.
  • Create sculpting and painting contests on the subject.

To us, the migration experience of the Lebanese on the Titanic continues to echo in our own emigration, for they and their predecessors carved with their hardship, resilience, courage and determination, the path we took as new emigrants to every continent on the globe.

The ILTC appeals to all to share whatever they have on the Lebanese aboard the Titanic be it photos, letters, books, recording, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, names, and the like.

The steering committee members ( 2016) consist of this initiative is composed of the following persons: (in alphabetical order)

  • Mrs. Carla Zarifeh, President Lebanese Canadian Society of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr. Josyann Abisaab‏, M.D., FACEP, USA
  • Dr. Guita Hourani, Director of LERC, Lebanon
  • Mr. Guy Jones, Chairman of ILCF, Ireland
  • Dr. Nick Kahwaji, DDS, BC, Canada
  • Mr Raed Charafeddine, First Vice-Governor of the Banque du Liban, Lebanon
  • Mr. Sid Chedrawi, Founder Lebanese-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Nova Scotia, Canada

Contact  information:                                                                                                                                             

For all correspondence related to this initiative, please contact Guy Jones                                                        

Email: info@wlcui.org

 

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