The Fromkin Family

Morris Fromkin

Image of Morris FromkinMorris Fromkin was born on July 25, 1892 near Kiev, Russia. His mother died while he was still an infant. Brought to the United States as a child, Fromkin worked in New York factories and sent himself to school.

Fromkin came to Milwaukee and became a lawyer, specializing in defending immigrants and the indigent.

His son, David, later wrote that "My father was one of these--the seekers after justice and mercy--and this Collection is intended to memorialize his compassion and concern. In the early years of the century he moved from the Atlantic Coast to Milwaukee because Milwaukee was then the center of the movements and men seeking the answers to these social problems."

Further information about Morris Fromkin and the origins of the Collection are available in David Fromkin's preface to The Quest for Social Justice (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983).

David Fromkin

David Fromkin is the son of Morris Fromkin, and the continuing chief advisor and supporter of the lecture series. He teaches International Relations, History, and Law at Boston University. Fromkin is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The American Journal of International Law, The Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.

One of his recent books, In the Time of the Americans: FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur--The Generation that Changed America's Role in the World, was recommended by the New York Times Book Review. "His story has real narrative drive... [I]t is propelled by the extraordinary events of their times and by Mr. Fromkin's storytelling skills. He has a gift for seeing the world whole, and for packing complicated material into a few boldly stroked sentences." (Sunday, May 28, 1995) This book was also recommended reading for The New Yorker (June 11, 1995), praised by The Wall Street Journal (May 26, 1995), and a History Book Club choice.

In 1998, David published The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Eve of the Twenty-first Century in which he examines the development of human civilization throughout history. His most recent work is Kosovo Crossing: American Ideals Meet Reality on the Balkan Battlefields, an examination of the causes and ramifications of the tragedies in Kosovo and how America became embroiled in the conflict. Kosovo Crossing was published in 1999.

David's 1989 book, A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award. It was chosen by The New York Times Sunday Book Review as an Editor's Choice, one of the 13 best books of the year. It received praise from The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The London Times. "Book of the Year" wrote The Financial Times.

Sari Fromkin Magaziner

Morris Fromkin's daughter, Sari Fromkin Magaziner, is a violist and artist. She has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, and has always been active as a chamber music player, going back as far as the thirties in Milwaukee, where she played with the Lindsay Quartet. She performs now with the Manhattanville String Quartet and the Manhattanville Community Orchestra. Until her recent retirement, she was on the faculty of the Westchester Conservatory of Music.

Sari is also an Artist Member of the Scarsdale Art Association. Her works have been shown in exhibits in the New York area and in Vermont. She and her husband, Elliot, live in Scarsdale, N.Y. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Marcia Fromkin Prester

Marcia Fromkin Prester is a pianist who has performed with some of our country's leading soloists and with members of the New York Philharmonic in recitals at New York's Town Hall and Judson Hall, the Phillips and National Galleries in Washington, D. C., and various colleges and recital halls in the Northeast.

Now, with homes in Florida and Massachusetts, she concertizes in both areas with chamber music groups. Marcia has also been an award-winning Realtor in Florida. She is married to Murray K. Prester, the former president of an international pharmaceutical manufacturing company. The Presters have three sons and two granddaughters.


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Morris Fromkin Collection of American Social Justice.  Dedicated to encouraging research on the history of social justice. Image of Morris Fromkin