November 9, 1998 Vol. III, No. 6

CSUN History Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Michael Meyer Will Study Mixed Marriages in Nazi Germany

Cal State Northridge history professor Michael Meyer has been awarded a Fulbright grant to explore the issues surrounding marriages between Jews and non-Jews in Nazi Germany.

Meyer was one of among 2,000 American educators awarded a Fulbright grant this year. He will be leaving this spring for Germany

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me," Meyer said. "I am delighted to teach in Germany and to have an opportunity to continue my research."

The Fulbright Program, which was established in 1946 under congressional legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright is designed "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

The grants are awarded each year to students, teachers and scholars to study, teach and conduct research around the world. Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professional qualifications, as well as their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.

Past recipients include President Fernando Cardoso and First Lady Ruth Cardoso of Brazil; NATO Secretary General Javier Solana; U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman; historian John Hope Franklin; writers John Updike, Eudora Welty, Joseph Heller; musicians Aaron Copeland and Anna Moffo; business leaders Vitale and Kathy Waldron; and journalists Roger Rosenblatt, Georgie Anne Geyer and Hedrick Smith.

Meyer is an authority on German and European history, in particular Nazi Germany and anti-Semitism. He served as a consultant for "The Leopold Stokowski Era" radio documentary, as well as a music contributor for the "Degenerate Art" exhibit at the Los Angeles County Art Museum. Meyer is author of the book "The Politics of Music in the Third Reich."

Meyer said he is spending this semester doing preliminary research here at CSUN. In March, he will leave for Germany where he will work with internationally recognized German historian Julius Schoeps, head of the Moses Mendelssohn Center at the University of Potsdam, gathering information on Jewish/non-Jewish marriages during that country's Nazi era.

"This is an important area of research within the Nazi realm which has not been fully explored," said Meyer. "It explores mixed marriages and inter-group relationships in a wider cultural framework and has relevance even in this country."

While in Germany, Meyer also will teach history at the University of Magdeburg.

Meyer said he applied for the teaching position because he was born in Magdeburg.

-Kim Burruss

November 9, 1998

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