You want to realise a project with us?

Want to implement a joint project with us? Upon request, we will develop more time-consuming projects together with pupils, apprentices, and other interested parties. Participants will be able to examine the issues raised in the museum in a comprehensive manner. In the last few years, we completed amongst others:

Halal or Haram? Kosher or Treife? Fish or meat
Food in religion and society
A 2-day workshop on food in religion and society with apprentices from Collini (Hohenems, Bludesch) and Tectum (Hohenems).
16-17 November 2022

Participating apprentices: Armin, Kai, Muhammet, Oguzhan, Sarina, Valeria – Collini Hohenems, Bludesch company.
Danny, Ehsan, Julian, Kilian – Company Tectum Hohenems

On the first day, the apprentices worked out the rituals and rules of eating from Judaism, Christianity and Islam with objects from the museum’s exhibition. In addition, Fatma Erdemir, Islamic religious educator, as well as Arnon Hampe and Judith Niederklopfer, employees of the museum, were available for professional and communicative exchange. The day included various formats that enabled a reflective interaction with each other and brought up topics like identity, diversity and eating habits.

The second part of the next day focused on practical implementation. While cooking, the apprentices got into an intensive exchange, which they also emphasised at the end. Andrea Milstein moderated and guided the cooking processes, which everyone enjoyed participating in. Good atmosphere and lots of fun accompanied the two days.

Generously supported by: K3 Lehrlinge und kulturelle Bildung, c/o Double Check, Jüdisches Museum Hohenems, Collini and Tectum companies, who made it possible for the apprentices to participate during working hours.


“Human rights on the ground.”
A peer-to-peer project in urban space.
Project group: 6O3 of the Sportgymnasium Dornbirn (class leader: Karin Bartl-Leuprecht), Workshop Leader: Stefanie van Felten
29 Sep to 19 Oct 2022

What are human rights? How and where are human rights alive in Austria? And who is responsible for the observance of human rights?

These were the questions the 6O3 of the Sportgymnasium Dornbirn asked themselves at a first meeting with educator Stefanie van Felten. On a total of four further dates, the students then dealt intensively with human rights on the content side and methodologically with the educational practice in museums on the other side. This included a visit to the Jewish Museum in Hohenems on the second date, combined with getting to know different educational methods. The first steps were taken into public space and selected human rights were linked to specific places in the city. The task was to design an interesting educational activity for each place.

In the days that followed, the students worked independently, and an interim meeting offered the opportunity for a brief discussion on the status and on open questions. After a rehearsal, the time had come: the tour was ready for the parallels.
Despite the tight project schedule, the students succeeded in developing and presenting a very interesting and thought-provoking tour in terms of content and methodology.

“Human Rights on the Ground” made them aware of how concretely the Universal Declaration of Human Rights plays a role in our everyday lives and in our environment. At the same time, the students had the opportunity to deal with a topic over a longer period of time and to prepare peer-to-peer input for their classmates in a methodically exciting way. The project was also felt to be beneficial for the class community. Final comment of a pupil: “When will we do a project like this again?”

The project was financially supported by Double Check. Network for Culture and Education in Vorarlberg. Photos: Stefanie van Felten / Karin Bartl-Leuprecht


“Across the Border.” Video workshop
A project of the Jewish Museum Hohenems with the Offene Jugendarbeit Hohenems (OJAH) and walktanztheater.
31 May to 3 July 2022

The topic of war and flight was at the centre of the project by Offener Jugendarbeit Hohenems (OJAH), Brigitte Walk (walktanztheater) and Jewish Museum Hohenems. Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine forced millions of people to flee in the spring of 2022. For young people, this war was and is the first one they experience in Europe and also consume via social media in a sometimes overwhelming flood of images. The aim of the project was to process such images from today and to link them with stories of flight from the National Socialist era using theatre. A performance was to be created over several dates, which was to be shown on Sunday 3 July at the opening of the bicycle route “Across the Border”.

At the kick-off in the premises of the OJAH, around 15 interested young people turned up. Brigitte Walk and Angelika Purin introduced the project offer and then went straight into the drama-pedagogical work. The young people collected terms that they saw in connection with flight and war and created still images and short moving scenes in small groups.

This first meeting was followed by three evenings where the still images were further tested and defined. The poem “Kriegslied” by Matthias Claudius was added as a second element. This was recited in various ways and staged as the end of the performance. The young people themselves provided the stage outfits: white shirts (CARLA Second Hand) were torn and splashed with red paint.

The dress rehearsal on Saturday 2 July took place on the still empty Schlossplatz and on Sunday 3 July the time had come. The square, now well filled with people, tables and catering establishments, provided an imposing backdrop for the young people, who presented their performance with great seriousness. Robert Bernhard accompanied the young people’s scenes with sensitive saxophone sounds. The recitation of Matthias Claudius “S’ist Krieg, s’ist Krieg!” formed the lingering finale of an impressive performance – and a strong project.

The project was financially supported by Double Check. Network for Culture and Education in Vorarlberg and EUROPE DIRECT Vorarlberg. Photos: Angelika Purin and Dietmar Walser


Digital Storytelling
Workshop with apprentices from the Collini company
9 to 13 May 2022

Once again, a 5-day workshop on the topic of “roots” took place. Family, own identity and the question “Where do I stand?” were the focus of the intensive examination of the participating apprentices’ own history.

6 apprentices from the company Collini Hohenems and Bludesch, took part: Dennis, Emilie, Muhammet Ali, Sarina, Umurcan and Valeria. After an introduction to the topic with a guided tour of the museum’s permanent exhibition, they subsequently spent five days in the museum’s seminar room working intensively to develop stories and create short films. The very special short films were shown immediately afterwards on Friday afternoon to invited guests in the museum and aroused much admiration. Everyone involved in this project took away very positive impressions.
Opinions of the apprentices: “we got to know our colleagues better”, “it was really fun”, “we had a great time”, “we got to know something new away from the daily work routine”, “the openness that developed in the group was amazing”, “we were surprised ourselves at what we achieved during the days”. ….

Management, organisation and supervision: Sonja Wessel (Medienwirkstatt), Stefanie van Felten (Jewish Museum Hohenems), Frank Feiner (Collini apprenticeship officer), Judith Niederklopfer-Würtinger (Jewish Museum Hohenems).
Generously financed by the Collini company with organisational and content-related support from the staff of the Jewish Museum Hohenems.

On the picture: the six apprentices Sarina, Valeria, Emilie, Dennis, Muhammet Ali and Umurcan with Stefanie, Sonja and Frank.




“The European Squares in Hohenems”
A participatory project in public space
with the artist Yves Mettler
12 June to 03 October 2021

In his long-term project, the artist Yves Mettler (*1976, Morges/CH) explores European places inside and outside Europe. Following on from the exhibition The Last Europeans, he confronted twelve project groups with a total of 50 people from Hohenems with the question of possible European places in the town. Their most diverse answers were made visible during a joint walk by setting up twelve redesigned building site signs in the urban space.

In the colours and languages of Europe, they marked the temporary Europe squares in Hohenems from 12 June to 3 October 2021 and invited the public to submit ideas for further possible Europe squares in the town. On the occasion of the finissage, the European narratives collected over the summer were compiled and discussed at the Jewish Museum Hohenems.

The project was implemented with the support of EUROPE DIRECT Vorarlberg and the City of Hohenems. Photos: Yves Mettler – Europaplaetze in Hohenems, ©Land Vorarlberg/Alexandra Serra


„Über die Grenze“ Video-Workshop
with two school classes from Hohenems and Diepoldsau (8th grade)
27 to 29 September 2021

Media have a firm place in the everyday life of young people. In the project “Across the Border”, the focus was on participatory access and the creative way of coming to terms with the past by means of a video workshop and was intended to arouse the pupils’ interest in dealing with the National Socialist era in their immediate environment.
The starting point for the cross-border project was the programme of the Jewish Museum Hohenems to teach about escape routes.

Vermittlungsprojekt An der GrenzeThe pupils spent a day on a guided exploration tour by bicycle on both sides of the Rhine and dealt with former escape routes, the refugee camp in Diepoldsau, the fates of refugees and deserters or the role of escape helpers. The landscape, historically relevant places, original photos, voices of contemporary witnesses, escape stories and drama-pedagogical elements formed the workshop on the first day.
The second project day, led by filmmaker Felix Kalaivanan, started with basic knowledge about the medium of film. Afterwards, the students created videos on different escape stories that they had learned about the day before, using the technique of lay-tricks, and presented them at the end of the project.

The project was supported by the Christian-Jewish Working Group Winterthur and Surroundings.

“The deserter Josef Hagen”, pupils of the OZ Kleewies, Diepoldsau

“Paul Grüninger”, pupils of the MS Hohenems


Digital Storytelling
For one week, six apprentices of the first and second year created short films in an intensive examination of the topic of family and their own identity. Expressive stories were created in the process.

Accompanied by Sonja Wessel and her assistant Mira Süss from the “Medienwirkstatt”, the apprentices developed and wrote very personal stories, made the sound recordings with their own voices, selected the images and the film music for them and put them together in the video editing programme.
This directing activity, which is technically and creatively similar to a small sound and film studio, offers many new impulses: teamwork, but also completely independent coordination of the many necessary steps, were necessary to create impressive films in the end.

On Friday 18 June 2021, the apprentices Jeremy, Kai, Ömer, Raffaela, Rümeysa and Yusuf presented the results to their guests at the Jewish Museum Hohenems. Invited guests of the apprentices were museum director Hanno Loewy, Collini Hohenems site manager Michael Visintainer, apprentice trainers Emilie Strasser-Mathis, Marcel Lercher, Furkan Özbucak and Rupert Schmid, other apprentice colleagues and Egbert Amann-Ölz, responsible for the network activity “Apprentices and Culture”.
The guests were visibly touched and emotionally moved by the openness with which the youths and young adults told their very personal stories. In the museum garden, the project group and their guests brought the intensive week to a close with a small buffet.

Judith Niederklopfer (Jewish Museum Hohenems) and Frank Feiner (Collini) were responsible for the idea, organisation and supervision of the workshop. The project was financially supported by Collini, the Jewish Museum Hohenems and the Ministry of Education within the framework of the project series “K3- Cultural Mediation with Apprentices” of the OeAD – Vienna.

Picture: the six apprentices Jeremy, Kai, Ömer, Raffaela, Rümeysa and Yusuf; behind: Judith Niederklopfer-Würthinger and Sonja Wessel


Ems – Harrachgasse 5 – People
Apprentices from the Collini company have worked out the history of the house at Harrachgasse 5 in a project with the Jewish Museum Hohenems. The Collinis have a direct connection to the house. Company founder Damiano Collini, who came to Hohenems from Trentino in 1898, had his first scissor-grinding workshop in this house for a year. Equipped with mobile phones, the settlement history of Hohenems was explored and the many inhabitants of the house in the past and present were researched. Together with metal artist Günther Blenke and photographer Dietmar Walser, this resulted in an installation that was presented in September 2018 to mark the 120th anniversary of the company. A project publication has been published to accompany it.

Brochure Ems Harrachgasse 5 

Participants: Collini-Hohenems apprentices, 2nd and 3rd year, supported by the Collini company and KulturKontaktAustria
Project Management: Judith Niederklopfer-Würtinger, Tobias Reinhard
A cooperation with the artists Dietmar Walser, photographer and Günther Blenke, metal artist.


“Nicht von gestern!” (Not Yesterday´s News)
Young people present projects on the history of Austria
Under the title “Nicht von Gestern”, five projects were presented at the BMBWF in Vienna on 8 June 2018.

Included was a project by Artenne Nenzing and the Jewish Museum Hohenems. On the topic of radicalisation in history and the present, apprentices from the Collini company produced a text and rap entitled “All for one and all together”. The permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Hohenems served as an impulse for the discussion. The apprentices combined the source material in the museum’s archive and library with personal experiences to create literary texts. In close cooperation with the staff of the OJAH, this resulted in a rap with video.

A project of Artenne Nenzing in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Hohenems, 2017/18, supported by KulturKontakt Austria and the Haus der Geschichte Österreichs (HdGÖ)
Participants: Apprentices of the Collini company, 1st year of apprenticeship.
Concept: Helmut Schlatter (Artenne Nenzing), Judith Niederklopfer-Würtinger (JMH), Tobias Reinhard (JHM).
Music, video: Alper Terzioglu, Samantha Bildstein, Rapper Alee
Other project partners: Benjamin Gunz (Ifs Feldkirch), Stefanie Seidel (Theater der Figur)

More information on the project: 


“Kein Zurück” (No Turning Back)
A cooperation with the Hohenems-Markt Secondary School
In June 2014, the laying of nine stumbling stones by the artist Gunter Demnig took place in Hohenems. In the run-up to the event, students worked out the biographies of the Jewish victims of National Socialism from Hohenems, which were presented by students during the laying of the Stolpersteine.
Concept: Judith Niederklopfer-Würtinger (JMH)


History of the Jewish School
A collaboration with the Hohenems-Herrenried Secondary School
In an interdisciplinary lesson, the young people produced exhibition material on the history of the Jewish school of Hohenems, which was on display in the museum in December and January 2013/2014: information on the school’s history, jigsaw portraits of well-known people and a specially made model of the historic school building.
Concept: Carmen Märk (VMS Hohenems-Herrenried) and Tanja Fuchs (JMH)


Moving history
A project with the Collini company in Hohenems
Seven prospective surface technicians spent two days in May 2013 working on the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum. The topics of homeland and identity were dealt with using drama-pedagogical methods and resulted in a short film.
Financially supported by KulturKontakt Austria.
Concept: Michael Schiemer (theatre pedagogue) and Tanja Fuchs (JMH)


Now let’s talk Tacheles!
A cooperation with the BG Bludenz
As part of a cooperation project with BG Bludenz, seven classes attended the newly developed workshops on the focus of language and multilingualism between February and May 2012.
Financially supported by KulturKontakt Austria
(“culture connected” and “interculturality and multilingualism”).
Concept: Barbara Winkler (BG Bludenz) and Julia Schertler-Dür (JMH)


Diaspora and migration as a field of learning
Migration of Jewish families and their coexistence with the Christian majority society
A central theme in the Jewish Museum is the migration of Jewish families and their coexistence with the Christian majority society. This coexistence was characterised by both fruitful cooperation and conflict-ridden coexistence. The discussion about the integration of today’s migrants is similar. On this occasion, an interdisciplinary working group (led by Helmut Schlatter) developed two modules:
Take a seat (Workshop Programme)
Travel case (Didactic material)
Concept: Helmut Schlatter (JMH)