Prisoners of War (Zeithain near Riesa)
Description: In preparation of the attack on the Soviet Union, camp Zeithain was established in 1941 by the Nazi regime, in order to register and accommodate Soviet prisoners. Due to malnutrition, disease, insufficient medical treatment and terrible hygienic conditions about 30.000 Soviet prisoners died. Their living conditions did not comply with the rules of the Geneva Convention. It was one of the biggest war crimes committed by the German armed Forces. From 1943 there were also prisoners from other countries like Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia, France and the UK. Since 2003 Workcamps, under supervision of an archaeologist, have uncovered the former camp area. Although the area was used until 1990 as a tank driving range, it was possible to find foundations of buildings and remains of a main camp road.
Type of Work: The work this year is part of the necessary measures for the permanent establishment of a “history trail” on the former campsite. It will entail aspects of landscaping and gardening in the open areas of the former campsite and hopefully also some construction. Depending on the weather conditions conservation and documentation work concerning objects which had been found on the former campsite could be done.
Study Theme: The fate of the prisoners of war as victims of Nazi persecution.
Accommodation: In a house with beds, access to the internet, kitchen, leisure rooms; sanitary facilities are being used in nearby gym next to the house; Bicycles are provided
Requirements: Before you apply, please first read the basic info. Here we explain, what we expect from volunteers in our camps.
Approximate Location: Zeithain is a small town in Saxony, near Riesa/Elbe. It has about 6 000 inhabitants in 11 villages and is known for the history of the POW-camp and the link-up of Red Army and US Army in April 1945.
The Camp includes nice leisure time facilities (gym, outdoor volleyball); excursions to various cities (Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin) and Saxonian sightseeing spots like Meissen and Moritzburg are possible!
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Promoted camp: Switzerland
This is a new camp and we hope to find many volunteers! It can happen anyway also in case it would be less than 10 volunteers.
CH-SCI 12.6 Town hall for culture (Lichtensteig SG)
09 Dec 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
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