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Auschwitz: No Pokemon Go

Auschwitz: No Pokemon Go

The entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 14 July 2016 09:43 AM

The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the U.S. want Niantic Labs, the maker of Pokemon Go, to take the two sites off the augmented reality app used by players to hunt cartoon creatures, reported USA Today.

Pokemon Go players have reported spotting its digital creatures within the Holocaust Memorial Museum, adding that the site was also being used as a "PokeStop" so players can get in-game items,

Andrew Hollinger, the Holocaust Memorial Museum's communications director, said the museum, dedicated to victims of Nazism, was not an appropriate place for those playing the game.

"Technology can be an important learning tool, but this game falls far outside our educational and memorial mission," Hollinger said in a statement, per USA Today.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum told The Associated Press that it will not allow people to play Pokemon Go on smartphones while visiting the former German death camp.

Pawal Sawicki, the museum spokesman, told the AP that it has asked Niantic Labs to exclude the site.

Sawicki said playing the game at the museum was "disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and it is absolutely inappropriate."

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, which combats anti-Semitism, told USA Today that it was inappropriate to trivialize a site where Jews and other people were killed.

"These aren't recreational sites, these are monuments to mass murder," said Greenblatt.

Pokemon Go has become a cultural phenomenon since the smartphone app was released last week, said the Washington Post, as its fans started hunting virtual creatures in their own neighborhoods and other real-world locations.

Since July 7, the app as passed Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp in daily usage time, said USA Today,

The app has also led to crimes, where victims have been unwittingly lured to locations.

Playing the game at the Holocaust museum and Auschwitz has brought a strong response on Twitter.


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The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the U.S. want Niantic Labs, the maker of Pokemon Go, to take the two sites off the augmented reality app used by players to hunt cartoon creatures.
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