This is Anna. She grew up in East Saxony and finished school last year. Since September, Anna has been doing her voluntary social year at Hillersche Villa in Zittau. She is doing a great job preparing the MAZEWA projects by digitalising all our historic documents on Jewish life in Zittau. This way, it will be easier to use the sources for our virtual tour of the Jewish cemetery. Thank you Anna, and keep up the good work!
It is Chanukka, the festival of lights and miracles. That's why we want to tell the story of Mordka Schwarz, a Holocaust survivor from the region of Kolbuszowa (PL) who first came to Zittau as a Jewish forced labourer. After the liberation of the "Zittwerke" (a subcamp of Gross-Rosen concentration camp) and some very difficult postwar years, Mordka started his own business and married Maria "Mirel" Liebe from Löbau. The couple ran the department store "Kaufhaus Schwarz". For at least 10 years,...
To commemorate the events of November 9th and 10th in Zittau, Hillersche Villa organized a concert with the band Klezmeresque, streamed live from the former department store "Schweizer Basar". We also prepared a DIY historical city tour along five original sites of the pogrom night.
Today would have been the first day of our MAZEWA workcamp in Zittau. As we are postponing the camp until next year, we are instead using our time to work on a new website, including a short video about the Jewish cemetery and the project. Keep your eyes peeled!
Thanks for the camera work, Simon and Moritz!
Heritage interpretation is a methodology mainly developed by Freeman Tilden, who wanted to engage visitors of national parks in the 1950s. Interpretation does four things: It PROVOKES visitors' curiosity and interest in what may be an unfamiliar topic or theme, it RELATES a historic, cultural, or natural site to visitors' own knowledge, experience, background, and values, it REVEALS the significance of the site, and it helps people ENJOY an educational experience.
Yesterday, we took a guided tour of the old Jewish cemetery in Dresden, organised by one of our project partners (Hatikva e.V.). This beautiful hidden place in Dresden Neustadt tells us a lot about the evolution of Jewish funeral customs, as well as the relations between Christians and Jews in the 18th and 19th century. One of many prominent people buried there was writer Wilhelm Wolfsohn. Born in Odessa and educated in Leipzig, he was fluent in seven languages. Wolfsohn was friends with...