creating a site of education and remembrance
In this two-week workcamp, teenagers and young adults from all over Europe will work with experts to turn the Jewish cemetery in Zittau into an inclusive place of learning and remembrance. The project is based on various preliminary works: In addition to many years of documentation and research work on the history of the cemetery and the people buried here, we rely on archaeological excavation results on the Jewish funeral hall and an interpretation concept, which was created by young volunteers.
Participants will receive an introduction to the history of the cemetery and the region and will learn about different burial customs, especially Jewish-German ones. We will visit other places of Jewish life in Görlitz (GER), Liberec (CZ) and Sieniawka (PL) and gain an insight into the cultural characteristics of the region. As far as circumstances allow, participants will have the opportunity to get to know local people, talk to them about their work and ask questions themselves.
One aim of the project is to design so-called interpretation boards based on the already existing interpretation concept. In contrast to information boards, interpretation boards often contain little text, but strongly encourage reflection and discussion about a cultural heritage site. The participants are supported by an expert from the field of tourism management. In this first part we will work intensively with digital media.
In addition, we want to make the outlines of the funeral hall at the Jewish cemetery, which was demolished by the Nazis in November 1938, visible again. For this purpose we are working with a landscape gardener who will help us to revive the destroyed building with stone slabs, earth, and flower seeds. Last but not least, we will install a tactile model of the funeral hall and a fountain, which will enable visitors of the cemetery to perform the ritual washing of hands.
Information on how to apply coming soon!