Holocaust-themed game shocks Jewish community
In Greece, Schindler’s List isn’t just seen as an epic, landmark film in the history of Holocaust storytelling. It’s an escape room based on a Holocaust-themed game that is taking Greek youth by storm, much to the chagrin of the Jewish community.
The outcry has prompted the company, Great Escape, to change the game’s name, a direct reference to Steven Spielberg’s film on the Holocaust, to “Secret Agent.”
But the game’s goal roughly remains the same: to draw up a list of survivors who will be spared a grisly death by enemy forces, a blurred imitation of the lists featured in the award-winning Hollywood movie.
While the game, advertised prominently on the company’s website, makes no explicit reference to Jews or the Holocaust, initial descriptions featured on Greek websites lured players, challenging them to assist a German businessman, Oskar Schindler, in “saving as many innocent people from the pursuit of SS forces,” in Krakow, Poland.
Officials contacted at the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) have condemned the game, saying they were considering taking action.