75 years after perishing at Auschwitz, world leaders write to Eva pledging ‘NEVER AGAIN’
The ‘Eva’s Stories’ project tells the true story of Eva Heyman, a young Jewish girl who was murdered at the Polish death camp four months before its liberation and is renowned for having garnered an unprecedented level of international exposure.
President Reuven Rivlin, together with the dozens of world leaders who accepted his invitation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Israel, will today participate in a digital campaign led by ‘Eva’s Stories.’
The participating leaders will send a message to the ‘Eva Stories’ account, where they will vow ‘never again’ to today’s generation of children. The leaders will send “Eva” messages on both Instagram and Twitter.
Amongst the world leaders who accepted President Rivlin’s invitation, and who are set to participate in the campaign, are Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
‘Eva’s Stories,’ created by Israeli entrepreneur Mati Kochavi and his daughter Maya, went live on Instagram on last year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day and has since captured the world’s attention.
The content brings Eva, a Hungarian Jew who perished at Auschwitz, back to life. The project documents the events Eva experienced during the course of the war, from her quiet childhood, through the Nazi occupation, to her tragic death in the gas chambers, all from the would-be perspective of a young girl sharing her story on Instagram.
Hundreds of millions of followers spanning over 50 countries have watched her stories.
In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, marking the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp’s liberation, world leaders will harness the wide exposure of the project to spread the message of the importance of fighting antisemitism and perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust.
High-level delegations from 49 countries are expected to take part in the main event at Yad Vashem on Thursday afternoon to mark the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp’s liberation, to remember the Holocaust and commit to fighting antisemitism.
Far-right Polish President Andrzej Duda is boycotting the event because he has not been invited to deliver a speech.
He has also questioned why the event is taking place at all in the Jewish State, saying that the “main event” will happen in his country.
The incident comes amid a surge of far-right extremism in Poland in which the current ultra-nationalist government is attempting to rewrite history and curb some of today’s basic freedoms like the rule of law and freedom of speech.
Last September, Duda blamed Israel for rising anti-Semitism in Poland.
Duda referred to comments by Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz. Katz quoted former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, saying that “Poles suckle antisemitism from their mothers’ milk”.