A Titanic Survivor’s Story:
The Fredericksburg, Va
Copyright © 2005 Elsie Slyman Belman
Elsie Slyman Belman 1974 Washington D.C.
Mike Nassef Balman
Today, July 20, 1997, my grandfather, Mike Nassef Balman, died, and this is my pledge to keep his story alive. He was the reincarnation of the 12-year-old boy who died on the Titanic on April 14, 1912. He was the 12-year-old boy who was born instantly to the man who tried so hard to save him. The man who tried to save him was my great grandfather, Nassef Cassem.
And now, at this time in 2005. I am putting to words a strange and true incident in the life of a man.
Reincarnation has been documented among my people. My people go back to the wife of Moses and beyond. The wife of Moses was not Jewish, Christian or Muslim. We claim Abraham with whom the covenant was made. Our people received the circumcision on the night of the Passover. The proof is in Exodus Chapter 4 verse 25. our modern name is druze.
Our village in Lebanon is called Chaney. My great-grandfather boarded the Titanic as a third-class passenger on April 10, 1912, destination, Fredericks-burg Virginia. The name of the 12-yearold boy was Houssein Mohamed Hassan Abilmona. He was coming to Fredericks-burg to be with his father, who operated a grocery store. The boy was a cousin of Nassef Cassem.