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Cynthia Dretel Awarded EHRI Fellowship

Cynthia Dretel Awarded EHRI Fellowship

November 19, 2018

The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (EHRI) offers fellowships to researchers, archivists, curators, and young scholars, particularly doctoral candidates with limited funds, to support Holocaust research and facilitate access to important archives, collections, and digital resources related to the Holocaust. Moravian College grad and former Fulbrighter Cynthia Dretel was recently awarded one of these fellowships.

Dretel received her BA from Moravian in music performance and sacred music in May of 2010 and later earned an MA in musicology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is writing her PhD dissertation in musicology at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany, drawing on work she completed during her honors project with Larry Lipkis, professor of music at Moravian College, and the manuscripts she came across during her Fulbright grant. Dretel is examining Polish nativity plays to provide a comprehensive view of the role of musical performances in the Polish resistance in several concentration camps during the World War II.

Her EHRI fellowship will take her in March to the Ringelblum Archive in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw where she will examine documents on theater performances for children as part of her investigation into the history of Polish- and Yiddish-language theater.

“This fellowship to the Ringelblum Archive at the Jewish Historical Institute will allow me to expand my dissertation to include Jewish writers and musicians who performed their works under the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Poland,” says Dretel. “Before World War II, many of these Jewish writers collaborated with the Catholic writers I study in several of the Nazi concentration camps.

Dretel lives with her husband and retired racing greyhound, Kira, in Germany.