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Heroic Russians’ WWII mini-sagas dramatized for Instagram in ‘Disappearing’

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17.10.2020

During Nazi Germany’s air assault on Russia, Galina Makeeva survived more than 100,000 firebombs dropped on Moscow by the Luftwaffe.

In an Insta-story based on Makeeva’s wartime experience, an actress portraying her as a young woman frantically extinguishes a fire ignited during a German air raid. But at the end of the mini-movie, called “Firebombs,” Makeeva herself appears on-screen and sings a ditty in Russian.

“This is the real story of Galina Makeeva,” reads closing text. “Without attention these people disappear, just like Instagram stories.”

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The nine-part “Disappearing Stories” series was produced by Enjoyable Aging, a Russian NGO seeking to improve conditions for the country’s elderly population. The creators credit “Eva.Stories,” an Israeli Instagram series set during the Holocaust, for inspiring them to depict pivotal moments in the lives of Russian seniors.

Since launching the series on June 22 — the anniversary of Germany’s 1941 invasion of Russia — over 12.5 million have viewed one of the stories, according to the creators. Each of the stories focuses on a Russian elder who saved his or her own life, or the lives........

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