18.07. - 31.07.2021

Volunteer project

digital mapping and heritage interpretation

This two-week project will focus on new forms of exploring and mediating the Jewish cemetery of Zittau as one of the last authentic sites of Jewish cultural heritage in the region. Using digital tools and methods of heritage interpretation, participants will collaboratively create content for a virtual tour of the cemetery, providing information about the people, places, personal stories and historical events connected to it. The virtual tour will afterwards be used by local educators to engage more and different people in the topic.


What is "heritage interpretation"? Heritage interpretation is a methodology that was originally developed to more strongly engage visitors of U.S. 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. It's a set of methods used by many museums, historic sites, nature reserves, and other sites around the globe.

In this project, we will use methods of heritage interpretation to understand and interpret the Jewish cemetery in Zittau. The aim is to develop the historic site into a space where Jewish life, death, and heritage in the region can be comprehended in a relatable way - on-site as well as on-line. After an introduction to the relevant historical sources and materials, participants will get basic training of working with heritage interpretation, interpretive planning, and interpretive media. They will work in small teams, each focusing on one specific aspect of the heritage site.

The work will be accompanied by a cultural and educational program. We will visit other Jewish heritage sites in Görlitz (GER), Liberec (CZ) and Sieniawka (PL) and learn about the cultural specifics of the border region of Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic. As far as the circumstances allow, participants will have the chance to spend time with locals, talk to them about their work and ask questions. There will also be an exchange with young members of the Jewish community Dresden on Jewish life in Germany today.

HOW TO participate

Registration for this project is closed. If you are interested in the MAZEWA workcamp, please write a short e-mail to workcamps@vjf.de containing your name, age, country of residence and that you want to join the workcamp in Zittau!


Anne Kleinbauer

Hillersche Villa gGmbH

Klieneberger Platz 1

02763 Zittau


phone: +49 3583 779622

mail: a.kleinbauer@hillerschevilla.de


Mo-Fr 10:00 – 16:00 Uhr



MAZEWA ist ein Projekt der Hillersche Villa gGmbH in Kooperation mit Vereinigung junger Freiwilliger Vjf e.V., European Heritage Volunteers,  Hatikva e.V. in Dresden, der jüdischen Gemeinde in Dresden, der jüdischen Gemeinde in Liberec, Besht Yeshiva Dresden e.V. und der Stadt Zittau.
MAZEWA wird im Rahmen des Projekts "JUGEND erinnert" gefördert durch die Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft“ (EVZ) und das Auswärtige Amt.