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Moravian College Student Named Fulbright Scholar

Moravian College announced that graduating senior Marianne Zwicker has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. After graduation, Zwicker, a German major, will travel to Berlin and conduct a yearlong independent research project, "Remembering the Gypsies: The German Sinti and Roma Since 1945." Her Fulbright Scholarship is only the third such award given to a Moravian student in recent history. Patricia McAndrew, class of ’68, an honors history student received a Fulbright to work with a well-known Danish ballet master and Helen Bachonin, class of ’65, received a Fulbright for study at the University of Madrid.

Marianne Zwicker has been invited by professor Wolfgang Benz, director of the Zentrum für Antisemitismuforschung at the Technische Universität Berlin to spend a year at the center. Zwicker will conduct research into the life and times of the Gypsies in Germany since the end of World War II. The main focus will be to determine the extent that Gypsies are still victims of discrimination in Germany. Her research will expand on her senior honors thesis, "It is most important that one speaks of it: the German Gypsies in the Holocaust."

Zwicker, president of the Moravian College German Club, both speaks and writes well in the German language. In addition to the Fulbright Scholarship opportunity, her future plans include going to graduate school to study the German language and German history.

Interestingly, Zwicker spent a year in Germany during the seventh grade. Her father participated in the Fulbright teacher exchange program. It was there where she began to become proficient speaking German.

While at Moravian, Zwicker participated in numerous social, political, and cultural activities. She is an accomplished violinist who played with the Moravian College Orchestra. She sang with the Moravian College Choir, Women’s Chorus, and the Central Moravian Church Choir. Zwicker chaired the AIDS Memorial Quilt Education Committee. She was president of the Dorm Council, a member of the Zinzendorf Literary Society, and a member of the women’s tennis team. Zwicker’s hometown is Hamilton, Massachusetts

Zwicker received strong support for her application from Dr. Hans Wuerth, professor of German at Moravian. "Marianne is researching an aspect of the Holocaust often ignored, underestimated, or poorly understood: the systematic persecution of gypsies in general, of German gypsies in particular, before and during the National Socialist regime," Wuerth said. "She is superbly qualified to continue her most ambitious and commendable project that deals with the Sinti and Roma gypsies in Germany today."

"We are very pleased that Ms. Zwicker was selected to receive the Fulbright Scholarship," said Moravian College president, Dr. Ervin J. Rokke. "The Fulbright is a very prestigious award. Ms. Zwicker has been an outstanding student at Moravian College and it is fortunate that she will have the opportunity to expand upon her research of the Gypsies and the Holocaust while studying in Europe."

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Today the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program. It enables U.S. students, artists and other professionals to benefit from unique resources all over the world.

Each year the Fulbright Program allows Americans to study or conduct research in over 100 nations. The Institute of International Education (IIE) coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. graduate student program and conducts an annual competition for the scholarships, most of which are for one academic year of study or research.

The Fulbright Full Grant provides round-trip transportation; language or orientation courses, where appropriate; tuition, in some cases; book and research allowances; and maintenance for the academic year.

The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.