Eva.Stories: Telling A ‘Terrifying’ Holocaust Tale Via Instagram

Jewish girl’s life is documented on social media to teach young people about WWII genocide

An Instagram account that recounts the real-life storyof a Jewish girl murdered in a concentration camp, by imagining she had documented her days on a smartphone, has sparked a debate about how to sensitively portray the Holocaust.

With 1.1 million followers, Eva.Stories is a high-budget visual depiction of the diary of Eva Heyman – a 13-year-old Hungarian who chronicled the 1944 German invasion of Hungary – but features hashtags, internet lingo, and emojis used by a 21st century-teenager.

The Ukrainian city of Lviv helped create Eva.Stories, the viral Instagram project that brought a Holocaust victim’s diary to social media. But filming amid the Ukrainian presidential election campaign in March presented some challenges.