Auschwitz slams Amazon for fake death chess set in its Hunters series with Al Pacino – Reuters
The Auschwitz Memorial Museum has denounced the creators of the new Amazon Hunters TV series for inventing scenes of violence against prisoners at the camp.
The program, which was released on Amazon’s Prime Video platform on Friday, shows SS guards playing chess in the German death camp on a huge board in which prisoners are forced to act as chess pieces. and kill each other.
The Auschwitz Memorial Museum, which preserves the site of the former German concentration and extermination camp, slammed the scene as ‘fake’ and ‘dangerous’, saying it could help Holocaust deniers the Holocaust in the future.
The museum chastised Amazon, saying Holocaust victims should be honored by “preserving factual accuracy.”
Hunters, a ten-part drama series, is set in New York in the 1970s and follows a group of Nazi hunters, led by Al Pacino, who track down high-ranking Nazis suspected of planning the creation of a Fourth Reich in the United States. .
The show’s creator defended the scenes in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying he included the scene: “To most powerfully counter the revisionist narrative that whitewashes Nazi perpetration, showcasing sadism and most extreme – and representationally truthful – violence that the Nazis perpetrated against Jews and other victims.
On why he felt the need to create a fictional event when there were so many real horrors, he added: “[I]It is true that the Nazis perpetrated widespread and extreme acts of sadism and torture – and even incidents of cruel “games” – against their victims. I just didn’t want to describe those specific, real traumatic acts.
The Auschwitz Memorial Museum also lambasted Amazon on Friday for selling what it called “hateful and virulently anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda” when it retweeted a letter from the Holocaust Educational Trust to Amazon demanding that the online retailer remove the sale of anti-Semitic children’s books by the Nazi Julius Streicher.
“When you decide to make a profit selling vicious anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda published without any critical commentary or context, you must remember that these words led not only to the #Holocaust but also to many other hate crimes” , the museum wrote in a tweet. .
Amazon declined to remove the books, saying, “As a bookseller, we are aware of book censorship throughout history, and we do not take this lightly. We believe it is important to provide access to the written word, including books that some may find objectionable.
Julius Streicher is the founder of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer. He was executed after the war for his central role in inciting the extermination of the Jews. Its anti-Semitism was so extreme and its behavior so irresponsible that Herman Göring forbade his staff from reading Der Stürmer.
His children’s book The Poisonous Mushroom, which warned of the supposed dangers Jews posed using the metaphor of an attractive but deadly mushroom, is one of the books available for purchase on Amazon that sparked a stir. ire of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum.
Amazon said it would comment on Hunters reviews later.