Auschwitz Memorial slams brand-new Amazon Prime show ‘Hunters’

Auschwitz Memorial slams brand-new Amazon Prime show ‘Hunters’

The Auschwitz Memorial criticized Amazon Prime’s new show about Nazi hunters Sunday, calling its representation of the Holocaust “unsafe foolishness.”

” Hunters,” starring Al Pacino, premiered Friday and chronicles a group of people attempting to stop Nazis residing in 1970 s New york city City.

In one scene, the program features a human chess video game in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp where people die when a piece in the game is removed.

The Auschwitz Memorial, which protects the website of the previous German Nazi concentration and extermination camp in Poland, took to Twitter to criticize the scene for its historic mistake and its implications.

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” Developing a phony game of human chess for [‘Hunters’] is not only hazardous absurdity & caricature. It also welcomes future deniers,” the memorial stated. “We honor the victims by protecting accurate accuracy.”

Auschwitz had lots of dreadful pain & suffering recorded in the accounts of survivors. Creating a fake game of human chess for @huntersonprime is not only unsafe absurdity & caricature. It also invites future deniers. We honor the victims by maintaining factual accuracy.

— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) February 23, 2020

The memorial likewise criticized Amazon on Friday, calling books it sold “despiteful, virulently antisemitic Nazi propaganda.”

In a prolonged declaration, “Hunters” creator and executive manufacturer David Weil safeguarded the series and the chess scene. “While Hunters is a dramatic narrative series, with mainly imaginary characters, it is influenced by true occasions. It is not documentary. And it was never supposed to be,” he said.

Weil stated the chess scene was meant “to most powerfully counteract the revisionist narrative that suppresses Nazi perpetration, by showcasing the most severe– and representationally honest– sadism and violence that the Nazis committed against the Jews and other victims.”

He said “symbolic representations” of the Holocaust allow the audience “to much better understand the experiences of the Shoah and supply it with implying that can address our urgent present.”

” I am permanently grateful to the Auschwitz Memorial for all of the crucial and essential work that they do, for keeping the memory of victims and survivors like my granny, Sara Weil, alive,” Weil stated in the declaration. “I believe we are very much on the exact same side and working toward the same objectives. And I hope we can continue a discussion on how to achieve those goals.”

NBC News did not get a response for an ask for comment from the Auschwitz Memorial.

The memorial’s criticism isn’t the first time it has knocked Amazon.

In December, Amazon eliminated Christmas accessories and other products like mouse pads from its site that illustrate the Auschwitz concentration camp following complaints from the memorial and others.

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Ben Kesslen is a reporter for NBC News.

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