Prisoners of War as Victims of Nazi Persecution (Zeithain near Riesa)
Description: In preparation of the attack on the USSR, the POW (prisoner of war) camp Zeithain was established in 1941 by the Nazi regime, to register and accommodate up to 30 000 Soviet POW’s. Due to malnutrition, disease, insufficient medical treatment and terrible hygienic conditions about 30 000 Soviet POWs 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 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 the 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 the nearby gym next to the house. Bicycles are provided.
Language: English will be the main working language of the camp.
Requirements: Before you apply, please first read basic info on this site. Here we explain, what we expect from volunteers in our camps.
Approximate Location: Zeithain is a small town in Saxony, near Riesa on 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. Good leisure time facilities (gym, outdoor volleyball), excursions to various cities (Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin) and Saxonian sightseeing spots like Meissen and Moritzburg are possible!
Notes: For further information about the history of the camp please visit this website.