Auschwitz game available on Google service causes outrage

Colette Avital, the head of the Center of Holocaust Survivor Organizations in Israel and a member of the Executive of the World Jewish Congress-Israel, expressed indignation and outrage over a program available on Google Play which invited users to "live like a real Jew in Auschwitz."

"We cannot understand how the top management of Google approved such a cynical game, turning the martyrdom of six million Jews into an object for amusement and enjoyment," Avital said in a statement.

On Monday, the app was removed by its developers, a school for vocational training based in Zaragoza, Spain.

The Italian newspaper 'La Repubblica' first reported about the app, which had thousands of downloads before being removed. 

Many users had left anti-Semitic messages in the comment fields underneath the app. One user expressed his enjoyment at playing the game and said the only problem was "that every 20 minutes I find the full oven and I have come to remove ash."

In recent weeks, Google was repeatedly criticized for its sluggish reaction to content posted on its sites in which the Holocaust is glorified or belittled. The World Jewish Congress called on the internet giant to remove repulsive neo-Nazi songs from its video platform YouTube.

Google Play is the official app store for the Android operating system, the most widely used smartphone operating system world-wide.

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Donna Smelko

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

Shame on Google. This is not a game. It decenticizes kids to the ugly/murderous part of history.

sherry nelson

Tue, 21 Jun 2016

this is not a game many died here its is as low as you can go never agian .god forgive you

Annette L. Stone

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

Utterly disgusting!

Jerry Holtz

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

It would seem that pressure ought to be bought to bear on Gooble with a write in campaign. Is this happening?

Peter Kubicek

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

Just look up Steven Anderson on YouTube. He revels in his anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying views and no organization has succeeded in taking his post down.

How about it, WJC ? Is their now way you can put pressure on You-Tube?

Swifteagle

Mon, 20 Jun 2016

Whoever invented this game must be a very sick person or an active Neo Nazi

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