People asked to stop playing Pokemon GO at Auschwitz

Pokemon GOPokémon GO may have already gone too far.

Less than a week after the virtual reality gaming app launched, Pokémon GO has spread like a virus. In the game, Pokémon are available all over the world, including the former locations of Nazi concentration camps as well as Holocaust museums.

One Pokémon GO user boasted online about catching a Koffing, a Pokémon consisting of deadly gas, at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The museum has requested to be removed from the game.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, formerly the site of Nazi concentration camps during WWII, tweeted: “Do not allow playing #PokemonGO on the site of our Memorial and similar places. It’s disrespectful on many levels.” The tweet came after reports that users were catching Pokémon on the same grounds where thousands of people were murdered.

There are also reports of people playing Pokémon GO at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Arlington is a cemetery for American military heroes and the final resting place of John F. Kennedy. The cemetery tweeted: “We do not consider playing ‘Pokemon Go’ to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity.”

Pokémon GO has a link setup for complaints and grievances.

Should there be location restrictions for Pokémon GO? Tells us below. ~ Yanis Khamsi

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  1. WhatWhat • July 14, 2016 @ 9:35 AM

    This is very indicative of our current society…

  2. DavidIrving • July 14, 2016 @ 9:41 AM

    This is heinous. It’s distasteful, disrespectful and disgusting. Who would have ever thought this was justifiable? Where are the boundaries here? I think someone from the Pokémon GO team needs to speak up, formally apologize and guarantee that the dumb digital things will have no future place in memorials or other sites of significance. This is not acceptable.

  3. Gwen Collins • July 14, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

    November 11 every year, people go to cemeteries and say they will never forget. But now they want to play games on the such sites! Talk about short memories. Wake up people. It is not okay to play games in such places. I guarantee that you would not like it if I came over to your favourite relatives gravesite and played a game on it. This is such a terrible thing to be teaching your kids it’s okay to do.

  4. Pietro Antoni • July 14, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

    It’s wickedly stupid what is being invented and what people will do. We have reached an age of almost no worth, companies only concerned about how much money they can make and little else. And the witless, moronic millions who follow every fad, even in Holy Places, has turned me off today’s technology in every way. We will wind up with a world of people who can’t think, read or write………. but we are seeing that already. Technology is to blame. It’s just not normal to have a device in your hand the whole day long. A sad situation.

  5. Andrea • July 14, 2016 @ 12:35 PM

    These are undoubtedly the same idiots who had never heard of Auschwitz, let alone the atrocities committed there. My uncle, a teenager, and his father, were murdered there.

  6. Debra • July 14, 2016 @ 1:17 PM

    This simply underscores yet another example of the lack of manners, consideration, values, respect and decorum that are so unfortunately prevalent among so many people. Nobody is teaching kindness, compassion or thoughtfulness. No one is teaching that life is about human interaction and a shared world, not living on a phone in a desperate attempt to make sure we are not forgotten in the five minutes we may not be in communication with a multitude of others.

    Shameful. Teach your children well.

  7. nael • July 14, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

    What stupid insensitive jerks these pokemon players are. THEY’RE the ones who should be gassed!

  8. Tess • July 14, 2016 @ 4:53 PM

    Narcissism has reached an all-time high…or should that be low? Where are the good, old-fashioned Biblical Plagues ~ humanity is in dire need of another clean sweep and do-over!

  9. Jude • July 14, 2016 @ 5:51 PM

    New levels of stupidity and lack of empathy – I do despair of humanity

  10. D.S. • July 15, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

    Really? Pokemon team need to get their act together. What a disgusting and heinous thing to put in their game. To make matters worse the public plays it. Shame on all of you.

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