Understanding @eva.stories Holocaust Memory in the Instagram Era

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Abstract

The Instagram account @eva.stories went online on May 1, 2019, during the official Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day. It attracted millions of people to watch a digital adaptation of Eva Heyman’s diary, written by a thirteen-year-old Jewish Hungarian girl who died in Auschwitz. The project was much debated, and critics claimed that an Instagram account of a girl murdered in the Holocaust is a downgraded way to commemorate the Holocaust. However, @eva.stories, like other mediated techniques with which people commemorate Holocaust-related stories, is shaping contemporary Holocaust memory. As such, understanding @ eva.stories can help uncover new elements of Holocaust memory in the “Instagram era.” In this short report, @eva.stories is further contextualized using a few of Andrew Hoskins’s core assumptions regarding the “memory of the multitude.” This review reveals how new mediated practices of Holocaust remembrance change how we engage with and remember Holocaust-related narratives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalJewish Film and New Media
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Anthropology

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