has been written about the luxury and the cut glass chandeliers
on the Titanic, but the majority of the passengers who drowned
were ordinary emigrants there were no princesses or millionaires
among them. Seventy of the victims were Finländers.
became enormously impressed by the courage and mood of the emigrants.
On their arrival in America they hardly knew anything at all
about the country. They could not speak the language and knew
nothing of the state of affairs. They had only a deep confidence
in a better future," wrote Appelsin.
the University in Thunder Bay, Canada, sisters Magda Schleifer
and Violet Edge, together with their 100-year-old mothers
brother took part in a DNA test. Maria Panula was a sister of
Magdas mothers mother. People from other countries
were also tested inasmuch as 6 children under 2 _ years went
down with the Titanic.
heard the grown-ups whisper about the Titanic when I was a child,
but it was a forbidden topic in our family. I think my mother,
who was Juho Panulas second wife, wanted to protect father
because the event was a touchy matter," said Magda Schleifer.
Panula family has been in an American TV documentary. The identification
was great news over the entire world, certainly in Canada, but
also in the US where it was on the front page. The cemetery
in Canada has become a tourist attraction.
the National Archives in Helsingfors, Appelsin found the correspondence
that the bitter Juho Panula carried on with authorities after
the tragedy. He had a clear theory: The Titanic sank because
of a craving for money, competition and greed. His feelings
came through in the obituary he sent to New York Uutiset: "With
great sorrow I announce that I, as a victim of capitalism, lost
my wife Maria Emilia as well as my children
with the shipwreck
of the Titanic
two years after the loss of the ship he campaigned to have some
compensation for the loss of his family. "I have lost the
dearest I have in the world my own family. They should
now be with me if the ship had not been driven so recklessly
Marias pocket was all the money the family had after they
sold all their property, money that would be used in the new
land. Juho got only a nominal compensation because the imperial
senate in Finland had other problems. TheWorld War stood at
Kotkamaa, Suomen Silta No. 1-2004
by June Pelo
article included the wedding picture of Juho and Maria Panula
as well as a photo of Juho and Maria and three of their children,
taken in Ohio in the early 1900s. The family returned to Finland
before their return trip to America. There is also a photo of
Juho (John) Panula with his second wife and three of their children,
taken ca 1928.
child" on the Titanic proved Finnish
- A baby boy who perished in the Titanic disaster 90 years ago
was a Finn named Eino Viljami Panula, Canadian researchers announced
on Wednesday. Helsingin Sanomat. International Edition, Foreign
- Thursday 7.11.2002
'Unknown Child' Identified
..."The remains of the young boy are “most likely
those of an English child, Sidney Leslie Goodwin,” Ryan
Parr, vice president of research and development for Genesis
Genomics Inc. in Ontario, and colleagues write in the June issue
of the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics."...
Discovery News Tuesday Apr 26, 2011