What if a girl in the holocaust had instagram?
As Israel commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day , a new Instagram account aims to educate Millenials about the six million Jewish victims of Nazi persecution as the population of survivors dwindles. 'Eva's story' is an ambitious project that recreates the true story of a Jewish Hungarian teenage girl aspiring to be a photography journalist in London who documented the Nazi invasion in her diary up until the day she was sent to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. The account already gained over 700,000 followers and even endorsements from the White House. Creator and co-director of the project, Maya Kochavi, explained that her inspiration for the project stems from concern over Holocaust denial coupled with the dwindling population of survivors who can provide direct testimony of the events that occurred. In an era when anti-semitism raises its ugly head again, we can only look forward to more unique projects of this kind.
Eva.Stories Official Trailer
Those that thought that the Eva's Story Instagram project cheapens the memory of the Holocaust, and that today's young people won't relate to it, have been proven wrong.
Less than 24 hours after going on air for Holocaust Day, Eva's story had more than 100 million views, including 3 million in Israel. 50% of views were people aged 13-30. Items about Eva's story appeared in the media in more than 50 countries and "Eva's Story Instagram" was the subject of 200 million Google searches.
On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged his social media fans to follow the account. On Wednesday, the official Instagram of the White House - with 4.7 million followers - promoted the project. And many celebrities - both in Israel and outside it - have used their social media platforms to endorse the project. Gal Gadot posted about it on Instagram, as did Bar Refaeli, French comedian Gad Elmaleh and many others.
Here's a peek Inside the Instagram-Based Holocaust Diary Series 'Eva Project":
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