|The Danube Swabian Foundation of the U.S.A., Inc.
Die Donauschwaebische Stiftung der USA, Inc.
|The award is sponsored by the Danube Swabian Foundation of the USA together with the Abt Family in
memory of Maria Abt.
Maria was one of the original members of the Danube Swabian family in the United States of America.
She was active in the Milwaukee Donauschwaben group, the friendliest helper when needed and she first led
the Youth group and then the Frauengruppe for many, many years. She organized the Danube Swabian cultural
exhibits at Holiday Folk Fair and Germanfest. Maria was also the Landesverbandfrauengruppeleiterin.
|What is the future of the Donauschwaben and what
can you do to ensure the continuation of the
Donauschwaben and the Donauschwaben Vereins?.
|Maria Abt, nee Hoffmann, was born in Keschinci, Croatia. She was a surviver of the
Ethnic German Genocide in the former Jugoslavia. She married Johann (Hans) Abt
in Lager Haid in Austria. They immigrated to the USA in 1955, settled in Milwaukee
and raised six children. They were both active with the Milwaukee Donauschwaben,
the Landesverband and the Danube Swabian Foundation of the USA.