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Holocaust game room shut amid outcry

Author : sirenidae1974
Publish Date : 2021-04-06 15:39:49
Holocaust game room shut amid outcry

In a statement posted Friday to the Prague-based Dostaň Se Ven's website, the company said it originally designed the game to draw attention to the atrocities of Auschwitz. But it acknowledged that the backlash is 'understandable' -- and said it would stop selling tickets immediately.

'We truly took this seriously and wanted to do it with utmost respect,' the statement reads.

Before the announcment, Dostaň Se Ven had taken to Facebook to defend itself against mounting criticism of the game, stating that 'Escape from Auschwitz' aimed to 'raise awareness (of) the Holocaust.'



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Promotional materials first posted to the company's website, however, read more like an amusement park advertisement then an educational initiative.

Escape rooms typically send competing groups scrambling through a series of mental and physical challenges in order to escape a themed room in the shortest period of time.

In marketing it's Auschwitz simulation, the company enticed customers to 'play an interesting escape game with your friends and put yourself in the shoes of the victims of the Auschwitz concentration camp. 'Last shower' will await you. But there's a difference: you can get out of this room alive,' it read.

Tickets, which sold for 390 Czech Koruna (roughly $15), had been promoted at a special rate ending Friday, which is International Holocaust Memorial Day.

International backlash

'Escape from Auschwitz' had drawn fierce condemnation online.

The Auschwitz Memorial tweeted: 'Shocking and sad. Disrespectful to the memory of all victims of the Auschwitz camp.'

On Friday, Petr Papoušek, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Prague, said, 'A game that preys on the suffering of millions of people for commercial gain, reflects on not only the bad taste of the authors, but also on their cynicism and their unawareness of the history.'

'It was impossible to escape from the gas chambers, and in that way, the game calls historical facts into question,' he added.

Leo Pavlát, director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, said Friday in a statement, 'Using the systematic murdering of the Jewish ethnicity during the Second World War for commercial activities, especially in a way that grossly distorts historical facts, as is the case here, is a sign of ignorance, cynicism and coldblooded.'

CNN has sought to reach the company by phone and online.

Nazi genocide

At least 1.1 million people were killed in the camps at Auschwitz. The majority were Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. Many Poles, gay and disabled people, and other persecuted minorities also perished in the Auschwitz death camps.

Interactive: The Voices of Auschwitz

'We truly took this seriously and wanted to do it with utmost respect,' Dostaň Se Ven's updated statement reads.

CNN has sought to reach the company by phone and online. Before the announcment, Dostaň Se Ven had taken to Facebook to defend itself against mounting criticism of the game, stating that 'Escape from Auschwitz' aimed to 'raise awareness (of) the Holocaust.' Escape rooms typically send competing groups scrambling through a series of mental and physical challenges in order to escape a themed room in the shortest period of time. 'Escape from Auschwitz' had drawn fierce condemnation online. Escape rooms typically send competing groups scrambling through a series of mental and physical challenges in order to escape a themed room in the shortest period of time. The Auschwitz Memorial tweeted: 'Shocking and sad. Disrespectful to the memory of all victims of the Auschwitz camp.' Nazi genocide The Auschwitz Memorial tweeted: 'Shocking and sad. Disrespectful to the memory of all victims of the Auschwitz camp.' On Friday, Petr Papoušek, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Prague, said, 'A game that preys on the suffering of millions of people for commercial gain, reflects on not only the bad taste of the authors, but also on their cynicism and their unawareness of the history.' On Friday, Petr Papoušek, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Prague, said, 'A game that preys on the suffering of millions of people for commercial gain, reflects on not only the bad taste of the authors, but also on their cynicism and their unawareness of the history.' Promotional materials first posted to the company's website, however, read more like an amusement park advertisement then an educational initiative. CNN has sought to reach the company by phone and online. On Friday, Petr Papoušek, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Prague, said, 'A game that preys on the suffering of millions of people for commercial gain, reflects on not only the bad taste of the authors, but also on their cynicism and their unawareness of the history.' Tickets, which sold for 390 Czech Koruna (roughly $15), had been promoted at a special rate ending Friday, which is International Holocaust Memorial Day. Interactive: The Voices of Auschwitz CNN has sought to reach the company by phone and online. Leo Pavlát, director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, said Friday in a statement, 'Using the systematic murdering of the Jewish ethnicity during the Second World War for commercial activities, especially in a way that grossly distorts historical facts, as is the case here, is a sign of ignorance, cynicism and coldblooded.' Promotional materials first posted to the company's website, however, read more like an amusement park advertisement then an educational initiative.

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