Hillersche Villa is a sociocultural center in the German-Polish-Czech border region. Through a combination of cultural involvement and social commitment, it enables people to participate and to be active citizens, thus strengthening democratic development in the region.
The Zittau Jewish Cemetery is an exceptional place in an exceptional environment: built and maintained by a small yet thriving Jewish community, defiled and partly destroyed during the Shoah, neglected and violated in the following decades, and mostly forgotten by the local population in the German-Polish-Czech border region. While most traces of Jewish life in the town of Zittau have vanished, the cemetery still exists and has preserved Jewish cultural heritage, mostly in the shape of many a “Mazewa” − traditional headstones.
With MAZEWA, we will approach one of the last authentic historical spaces of Jewish life in the region as a place of digital learning and remembrance. Young volunteers from all over Europe will work with methods of heritage interpretation and digital mapping, bringing the Jewish cemetery into the digital age. The cultural events highlight different aspects of Jewish everyday life, past and present.