Founder and Author

Rebecca Camhi Fromer (1927-2012)

Poet, playwright, and historian Rebecca Camhi Fromer (1927-2012) co-founded the Judah L. Magnes Museum with her husband, Seymour Fromer. Starting with a few objects and a display case the Magnes grew to become the country’s third-largest Jewish museum with objects ranging from paintings, photographs, rare books, archival material, and Judaica.

Former wrote, or co-wrote, numerous nonfiction books, including The House by the Sea: A Portrait of the Holocaust in Greece, The Holocaust Odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando, Rumkowski and the Orphans of Lodz, and Bridge of Sorrow, Bridge of Hope. Her poetry and prose were collected in Out of Silence, Into Being and One Voice, Many Echos.