Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

SURVIVORS

The following list of survivor names is made available by the Kheel Center in response to the many inquiries it receives concerning the identity of people involved in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire.

The names of the survivors were taken from numerous sources including the trial transcripts.

The Kheel Center does not have any additional information regarding the people listed below. We do encourage you to offer updates or corrections about survivors to help us keep this list as current as possible.

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One girl who escaped, lost two sisters in fire

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Name Age Notes
(Lidel) Kraut, Anne 30 Born in Brailov, Ukraine
Abramowitz, Isidore    Cutter on the 8th floor.
Abramson, Clara   
Alter, Louis    Lived at 1516 Charlotte street Bronx
Worked on the 10th floor. He was in charge of the keys and checking the possessions of employees for stolen goods. Father of Mary Alter who also survived.
Alter, Mary    Lived at 1516 Charlotte Street, Bronx
Cousin of Isaac Harris, and daughter of Louis Alter, was employed as a stenographer on the tenth floor. Her granddaughter Ann Nevin calls her Rose in the interview which appeared in the HBO documentary "Triangle: Remembering the Fire."
Alterman, Kate   
Anselmo (Vacante), Rosalie 20 Was 24 at the time of the fire. Worked as a seamstress on the 10th floor. She escaped by climbing to another building from the roof. Died in 1963.
Appel, Dora   
Axelrod, Dora    Lived at 276 Madison street
Waist maker on the 9th floor.
Barilli, Lena   
Benanti, Tessa 16 Lived at 55 Mott St., New York
Her given name was Petrina, but she was called Tessa or Tessie. Her family was originally from Marineo, Sicily, in Italy. Her cousin Vincenza also worked at Triangle. She perished in the fire.
Berlin, Pauline 16 Lived at Lower East Side
Pauline Berlin was a finisher and worked on the tenth floor. She was saved by the floor supervisor, who opened the door to the roof and led several workers away to other buildings across rooftops.
Bernstein, Abraham    Lived at 134 Avenue C.
Worked on the 9th floor, was the uncle of several of the Bernsteins working at Triangle at the time.
Bernstein, Minnie   
Bernstein, Rose   
Bernstein, Sam    Lived at 25Q. East 4th street
Operator on the 9th floor, related to manager Samuel Bernstein, his brother Morris Bernstein died in the fire.
Bernstein, Samuel    Lived at 103 West 117th Street
Superintendent and Manager of the factory, related by marriage to both Max Blanck and Isaac Harris.
Bernstein, William    Lived at 228 East 6th street
Bischofsky, Bessie   
Blanck, Henrietta 12
Blanck, Max    Lived at 240 Ocean Parkway
Co-owner of the Triangle Shirt Waist factory, co-defendent in the trial.
Blanck, Mildred 5
Brenman, Joseph   
Brown, Louis    Lived at 868 Dawson street, Bronx
Machinist on the 8th floor.
Bucelli, Mary 18
Burd, Augusta    Cutter on the 8th floor.
Bursky, Becky    Lived at 262 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.
Worked on the 9th floor as operator.
Cammerstein, Sarah   
Cascio, Gussie 25
Casey, John    Lived at 67 Bedford Street
Not an employee of the Triangle Waist Company, but in the building at the time of the fire. Worked as an engineer in the Asch building.
Chaitin, Esther 16 Lived at Beck St., Bronx
The daughter of Russian immigrants Kalman (from St. Petersburg) and Riva Chaitin, Esther was left with scars on her face and hands. She married later in life and had no children. Source: family.
Cohen (Gabrilowich), Bessie 19 Worked as a seamstress on the 9th floor
Cohen (Willinsky), Ida    Lived at 146 East 4th street
Operator on the 8th floor.
Cohen, Rose   
Cohen, Solly    Eighth floor office boy who led Anna Dougherty to the roof. Also identified as a shipping clerk who attempted to use the fire hose but it did not work.
Cushner, Esther 19 Lived at 57 East 98th street
Operator on the 9th floor.
Damsky, Mary 18 Lived at 28 Wyeth Street
Operator on the 9th floor.
Deutschman, Ida    Lived at 7 Hester Street
Operator on the 9th floor.
Dorrity, Anna    Irish immigrant
Dougherty, Anna   
Ehresmann   
Elbaum, Teresa    Lived at 520 Cleveland St, Brooklyn
Forelady on the 10th floor.
Feibes, Sam    Lived at 237 East 115th street
Cutter on the 8th floor.
Flecher, Joseph   
Freedman, Rose 18 Lived at 77 East 4th Street
Friedman, Sarah    Lived at 170 Henry Street
Gartman, Kate   
Gilman (Gellman?), Sam   
Ginsberg, May (Mamie) 21 Sewed buttons and snaps onto garments on the 10th floor. Was born in Poland.
Glantz, Rose    Operator on the ninth floor.
Gordon, Abe   
Gordon, Annie   
Gorsky, Charles   
Granick, Joseph   
Greenspan, William    Lived at 156 East 112th Street
Machinist on the 9th floor.
Grimaldi, Lucy    Worked on the 8th floor.
Gudeinsky (Goodinsky), Rose    Was an operator. Born in Russia, married Samuel Oleesky betwen 1915 and 1919.
Gullo, Anna 20 Lived at 437 East 12th street
Operator on the 9th floor.
Handschuh, Lena    Lived at 278 East 10th street
Forelady on the 8th floor.
Harris, Esther 21 Lived at 131 Chester Street, Brooklyn
Broke her back coming down elevator chute. Recovered at a NY hospital.
Harris, Eva   
Harris, Isaac    Lived at 324 West 101st Street
Co-owner of the Triangle Shirt Waist factory, co-defendent in the trial.
Held, Anna   
Himmelstein, Celia    Operator on the 8th floor.
Himmelstein, Dora    Worked on the 8th floor.
Hochfield, Max   
Horowitz, Anna    Operator on the 9th floor.
Horowitz, Gussie    Tucker on the 8th floor
Horton, Thomas    Porter
Ingegeno, Carmella    Lived at 521 Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn
Operator on the 8th floor.
Kaplan, Eva    Lived at 161 East 103rd Street
Operator on the 8th floor.
Katz, Rose   
Klein, Jennie    Lived at 173 Madison Street
Koppelman, Gussie    Lived at 116 Madison Ave
Worked on the 9th floor.
Kreitzberg, Yetta    Lived at 215 and 217 Roebling street, Brooklyn
Worked in the shipping department on the 10th floor.
Lang, Christina    Took care of the cloakroom at the Triangle factory.
Lazarowitz, Charles    Worked on the 8th floor.
Lepanto, Rose    Operator on the 8th floor.
Levantini, May   
Levine (Mr. )    Bookkeeper.
Lieberowitz, Lena    Mentioned in the testimony of Yetta Lubitz, was apparently a survivor present in the courtroom.
Lipschitz, Dinah    Lived at 405 Miller avenue, Brooklyn
Timekeeper on the 8th floor. Cousin to the wives of Max Blanck and Isaac Harris.
LoCastro, Frances   
Lubitz, Yetta   
Lucy [?]    Worked as a forelady, saved by manager Samuel Berstein when he carried her to the roof.
Maida, Helen 16 She was a seamstress born in Italy. Information provided by the family.
Maisler, Dora    Lived at 10 Cannon Street
Went by the name of Dora Miller at the time of the fire, and that is how she is referred to in the New York Times article of March 26, 1911.
Markowitz, Edward N.    Lived at 29 West 117th street
In charge of the shipping department on the 10th floor.
Mattia, Amolia (Molly)    Died in 1927. Information provided by the family.
Mayer, Rose    Same as Rose Mayers?
Mayers, Rose    Lived at 263 Rivington street
Operator on the 9th floor.
Meshel, Hyman 21 Lived at 332 East 15th Street
8th floor; slid down elevator shaft and was found in rising water below.
Mittleman, Anna   
Mittleman, Ida   
Monick, Ethel   
Mortillaro, Gaspare    operated passenger elevator
Mostrata (Fanelli), Caterina 35 Escaped by climbing to the roof and from there to the nearby building
Nelson, Ida   
Nicolosi, Josie    Operator on the 8th floor.
Okan, Ida    Lived at 69 West 115th street
Marked for button sewers on the 9th floor.
Panno, Rosalie    Operator on the 8th floor.
Pasterneck, Frank    Lived at 234 east 19th Street
Operator on the 9th floor.
Pearl, Florence    An immigrant from Romania, she survived by sliding down the elevator cable. She is unrelated to victim Ida Pearl.
Penza Gili, Addolorata (Dolores) Immacolata 18 Lived at Brooklyn, NY
Worked as a skilled embroiderer on the top floor
Pepe, Pauline   
Rapp, Gussie    Lived at 604 East 10th street
According to her testimony at the trial, she was not actually present at the time of the fire but had left work early. Forelady on the 9th floor.
Reiner, Rose    Operator on the 8th floor.
Riegler, Sylvia    Worked on the 8th floor
Rosen, Anna    According to the New York Times of November 4, 1911, Anna Rosen perished in another fire in Pittsburgh.
Rosenfeld, Rose    Lived at 900 Union Avenue, Bronx
Operator on the 9th floor.
Rotner, Max    Lived at 91 Washington Ave, Bronx
Cutter Brother of victim Theodore Rotner
Rubinowitz, Catherine (Katie) 16 Lived at 265 Madison Street
Russo, Pasqualina 19 Jumped to safety from the rooftop to another building. Her hair was burned in the fire. She married Luigi Pellino a year or two after the fire, and went on to have 5 children, 13 grand-children, and many great-grandchildren. She passed away in 1979 at the age of 87.
Safran, Rosey   
Saltz, Celia   
Saltz, Minnie   
Salub, Nathan    Lived at 116 Second Street
Worked as a night watchman, had just come in to work when the fire started.
Schwartz, Ida    Operator on the 9th floor.
Sederman, Louis    Lived at 814 East 9th street
Assistant shipping clerk on the 10th floor.
Seivos, Irene    Operator on the 8th floor.
Selmanowitz, Fannie    Lived at 4 East 107th Street
Examiner on the 9th floor. Spelled Salmonwitz in NYT reporting of the trial on December 14, 1911.
Silk, Louis    Lived at 843 West End avenue
Not an employee of the Triangle Waist Company, but on the premises at the time of the fire. Salesman employed by Krower & Tyneberg firm, sold embroidery. He was meeting with Isaac Harris in the 10th floor office when the fire began.
Singer, Ida    Lived at 196 Henry Street
Worked on the 9th floor. Testified in Yiddish.
Skop, Fannie   
Speciale (Cucchiara), Katherine 17
Sprinsock, Annie 17 Lived at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue
A Russian-Jewish immigrant, she worked as examiner on the 8th floor. Saved the life of a co-worker by lifting her and carrying her onboard the last elevator run.
Szivos, Irene    Hungarian tucker
Teschner, Emile W.    Lived at 445 East 140th street
Traveling salesman employed by Harris and Blanck. Was meeting with Isaac Harris and Louis Silk at the time of the fire.
Ventura, Nellie    Ninth floor. Went down the fire escape.
Wagner, Minnie    Worked on the 8th floor.
Walker, Celia (Cecilia) 20 severe burns on body;St.Vincent's Hospital; came down the elevator shaft from the ninth floor.
Wegodner, Ephraim 45 Escaped down the Green St. stairs from the ninth floor, where he and his son Isidore had come to work four months earlier as sleeve setters.
Wegodner, Isidore 16 Escaped down the Green St. stairs from the ninth floor, where he and his father Ephraim had come to work four months earlier as sleeve setters.
Weiner, Katie    Lived at 1457 Madison Avenue
Worked on the ninth floor. Jumped onto the cables of the elevator. Her sister Rosie Wiener died in the fire.
Weiner, Lillian 22 Lived at 338 South 3rd street, Brooklyn
Examiner on the 9th floor.
Wexler, Joseph    Worked on the 8th floor, responsible for checking female workers for stolen goods as they left work.
Willensky, Ida    Lived at 146 East 4th Street
Operator on the 8th floor
Williamson, Reginald J.    Lived at 134 West 133rd street
Worked as a porter.
Wortman, Peter    Lived at 50 East 112th street
In charge of the stock department on the 10th floor.
Yaller, Lena    Operator on the 9th floor.
Yusum, Rosie   
Zimmerman, Sophie 19 Lived at 82 Avenue C
Operator on the 9th floor.
Zito, Joseph (Giuseppe) 27 Lived at 120 MacDougal Street, Manhattan, NY
operated passenger elevator; born in Italy; date of birth 9/1/1883
Zona Boschetto, Ermenegilda 20 Northern Italian, married, worked at Triangle for 4 years