The MEETINGPOINT MUSIC MESSIAEN e.V. cooperates with the Memorial for the Victims of the Prisoner of War Camp at Ehrenhain Zeithain and the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice-Opole. Together this three places are forming a transnational triangle of memory.
The memorial commemorates the victims of the prisoner of war camp at Zeithain near Riesa between 1941 and 1945. The camp was established in April 1941, prior to National Socialist Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Beginning in October 1943, Italian, Serbian, British, French and Polish prisoners were also interned in the camp. A total of approximately 25,000 to 30,000 Soviet prisoners of war and over 900 POWs from other countries, at least 862 of them Italians, died in Zeithain. The primary reasons for these deaths were malnourishment and disastrous health conditions. The camp’s victims are buried in four cemeteries in the vicinity of what were once the grounds of the camp at the Jacobsthal railway station. A permanent exhibition depicts the history of the camp. The exhibition is located in the document building of the Zeithain Memorial Grove and in a former camp hut. The memorial is intended to be a meeting place for relatives of the former prisoners of war and as an information and education centre.
The Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice-Opole is a unique center on the European scale, which deals with the problem area relating to Prisoners-of-War and cer-tain questions pertaining to the recent history of Poland. The Museum runs scientific-research and documentation-related activity, organizes exhibitions and displays, publishes materials, runs conservation works, as well as activities of commemorative nature. The Museum was established in 1964 as a branch of the Regional Museum of Opole Silesia in Opole. In 1965, it became the independent Museum of Martyrdom of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice, controlled by the Ministry of Culture and Art. In 1973, the official name was changed to the Museum of Martyrdom and Struggle of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice.