The unique cultural landscape Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří is inextricably linked to the mining industry. Since the first discovery of silver in 1168, mining has shaped the technical, economic, social and environmental development of the region. Today, abandoned mines, towns with historic centers, slag heap landscapes and mining traditions testify to this once brilliant epoch.
A total of seventeen German and five Czech mining monuments (above ground and subterranean), historic centers, nature preserves and cultural landscapes have been selected to represent the Erzgebirge mining era in its application for a German-Czech World Heritage Site. With the inscription in the World Heritage List, the structurally weak region will gain international attention and enhance its image through contemporary concepts for protection, conservation and measures of mutual understanding.
The two participating students: Saphira Tölg (Hufeland-Oberschule Plauen, DE) und Martin Ondrus (PHP Gymnasium Prag, CZ) present the objectives of the project in their native language.
70 years old, is a former miner of the tin mine Ehrenfriedersdorf / Annaberg and its former chief of mine rescue. Mr. Beyer studied Engineering and was trained as a miner. In the mine of Ehrenfrie-dersdorf / Annaberg he became head of the mine res-cue and was dedicated torescue and recovery of injured miners. Franz Beyer was a "real miner" who witnessed different eras of the mining pe-riod in Annaberg. As head of the rescue department, his work was based on the helpfulness and solidarity of the miners and was therefore very familiar with their everyday dangers and challenges.
50 years old, is a former worker of Brigade Wismut and member of the association "Altbergbau". He was trained as a miner (German translation: Hauer) and like his father, he worked for the mining company Wismut SDAG. At Wismut SDAG, he worked in the urani-um mines of the former GDR. He experienced first-hand how mi-ning in the Ore Mountain came to an end and how Wismut was converted into a renovation company in 1991 after the reunifica-tion. As a result of the radical social and technical changes of the reunification within the region, he was forced to shift into several different careers.
57 years old, was the first chairman of the association Altbergbau "Markus-Röhling-Stolln" Frohnau e.V., visitor center Markus-Röhling Stolln. In the former GDR, he was a forest worker, grave-digger and intensively engaged in political work during the unifica-tion. After the unification he mainly took over volunteer duties. Together with former miners, he developed the concept of the visitor mine Markus-Röhling Stolln, which opened in 1994. He is responsible for the tour program in the mine and inspires the visi-tors of all generations to learn about the technology and history of the tunnel.
Martin Ondrus (PHP Gymnasium, Prag, CZ), a workshop pariticipant from the Czech Republic, talks about the history of mining in the Mining Area Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří and takes us behind the scenes of the project.
A short thank you from the participating students: Nancy-Marie Günzel (Oberschule Eibenstock, DE) und Jacub Machač (Gymnázium, Mladá Boleslav, CZ).
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