Pokémon Go has rapidly become a popular app to play for hardcore fans of the game as they catch digital creatures in the real world.
Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s communications director, said, “Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism.”
The museum is one of the many establishments used as a “PokéStop” within the game, which allows users to obtain free in-game items as they track down the digital creatures.
Not only is the game itself a turnoff for museum employees, but a certain creature within it is also stirring up controversy.
Koffing, one of the Pokémon creatures inside the museum, emits poisonous gas.
The creature is located inside of the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium, which gives reference to Jews who survived the gas chambers during the Holocaust.
“We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game,” Hollinger said.
While Pokémon Go seemed to be a light-hearted, trendy game for a bit, it is now turning into a game surrounding depression and violence, all while disrespecting “Pokéstop” locations.
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