An absolute minimum of 1.1 million people were exterminated at Auschwitz during World War II, the vast majority of them Jews. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum now stands on the site of unspeakable atrocities. Visitors to this memorial to the dead experience intense feelings of revulsion, sadness and pity, as well as an equally intense desire to honor those lost here.
At least they used to.
The museum has now had to warn people not to play Poke’mon Go on their smart-phones while visiting the erstwhile German death camp. Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki said its authorities are asking game producers to exclude the site of the former Nazi concentration camp from games, according to the Metro.co.uk website. Sawicki said that allowing these games to be active on the actual grounds of the former camp is “disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and it is absolutely inappropriate.”
Somebody’s a little uptight. The old fuddy-duddy. A person can’t have any fun anywhere anymore, I guess. I mean, if you can’t play Poke’mon Go on the grounds of a former Nazi death camp, where can you play it?
It was also recently reported that a Poke’mon Go player "found" a “koffing” character in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The “koffing” signifies poison gas.
And now we hear that the United States military’s gigantic Joint Base Lewis-McChord, located outside of Tacoma, Washington, has issued a warning to those trying to catch Poke’mon on the base, via a Facebook post aimed at “budding Poke’mon Trainers using Poke’mon Go on JBLM.” It reads: “DO NOT chase Poke’mon into controlled or restricted areas, office buildings, or homes on base.”
To some folks today, Poke’mon Go is more real- and more important- than the Holocaust. Or chasing, say, terrorists.
We may be approaching our last days as well.