What if a Girl in the Holocaust had Instagram? Éva's Story as a Case of Indirect Translation

Rachel Weissbrod, Ayelet Kohn

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This article deals with the adaptation of a written text ‐ the diary of 13-year-old Éva Heyman who died in the Holocaust ‐ into a series of Instagram stories, joined to create a 50-minute film. We employ translation studies and the concept of ‘indirect translation’ to investigate this unique case in which a genre characterized by its ephemerality is used to commemorate and perpetuate the past. The project, which caused a furore because Instagram was considered inappropriate for dealing with such a grave subject, was motivated by the desire to transmit the diary to contemporary audiences and retain its relevance for them. We have found that the diary served as a general framework, but its contents and the character of Éva that emerges from it were overshadowed by two factors: turning Éva into a contemporary youngster, so as to attract today’s youth; and relying on Hollywood traditions of filming the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)285-303
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Adaptation in Film & Performance
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

ISSN 1753-643X (Online)
Publisher: Intellect


  • Holocaust; Instagram story; Second World War; adaptation; diary; indirect translation


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