Following a complaint made by a child of a Holocaust survivor, whose father lost his parents, four siblings, as well as his nieces and nephews in Auschwitz, the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has called on Amazon Australia to stop selling the board Secret Hitler in which one of the players is assigned the role of a “secret Hitler. Players are divided into two teams— liberals and a smaller team of fascists— who try and install their leader.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, issued the following statement:
“This is no laughing matter and is beneath contempt. It is an insult to the memory of the victims and our courageous soldiers who sacrificed their lives to vanquish the Third Reich. With each passing day, we are hitting new lows when it comes to the cheapening, exploitation and vulgarization of the Holocaust. What will they think of next: a game where a player is given the chance to execute Jews in open field or push them into the gas chambers? I should not have to say it, but using Hitler as part of a board game whitewashes his inhuman crimes, is highly distasteful and shows that still today many do not understand the inexpressible horrors of the Holocaust. I ask Amazon Australia to imagine the pain and moral offense a Holocaust survivor who lost children, parents and relatives, would feel knowing that this evil man is now associated with entertainment and party games. As we witness a dramatic rise in antisemitism and white-supremacist activity in Australia, it is deeply troubling that Amazon Australia is providing another popular avenue for Hitler’s name to be revived and normalised, and reach a new generation of young people who may think it’s cool to play him. We call on the company to immediately stop selling this game.”