Confronting the temporary closure of exhibitions and memorial sites, many Holocaust memorials and museums quickly switched from on-site to online commemorative practices. New digital projects evolved in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that discovered social media as complex commemorative space. While prior to this digital Holocaust memory was mostly manifest in prestigious digital preservation or virtual simulation projects located in controlled environments with exclusive access, the pandemic became a catalyst for formerly uncommon participatory engagement through virtual forms of commemoration. The presentation reviews some of the most recent digital commemorative projects by Holocaust memorials and museums in light of earlier expressions of digital commemorative culture, especially in relation to the privately initiated Instagram Stories project Eva.Stories
that in 2019 became a driving force towards a new social media memory.
Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann is a lecturer of Visual Culture, Film and German Studies at the Department of Communication and Journalism and in the European Department of the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Currently, he is a non-resident Visiting Fellow at the IKM.
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