12.09.- 25.09.2021


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.

In the second week, 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.

To apply, send a short e-mail to workcamps@vjf.de, containing your age, country of residence and that you want to register for 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.