July 3, 2015
Sometimes it feels like people just don’t even understand the feelings that Jews feel.
A Google-owned company has apologised after players of a online augmented reality game battled over control of former Nazi death camps such as Dachau and Sachsenhausen.
Players of Ingress have to walk around cities and countries placing virtual markers on landmarks to control areas of the globe.
However, some of the players have been using former concentration camps as locations leading to the apology.
Niantic Labs says players of `Ingress’ can propose historic location and monuments for inclusion in the game, in which two factions use smartphones to battle for control of these sites.
The German weekly Die Zeit reported Thursday some of the sites, known as `portals,’ were located within concentration camps such as Dachau and Sachsenhausen.
Gabriele Hammermann, director of the memorial site at Dachau, told the dpa news agency that Google’s actions were a humiliation for victims and relatives of the Nazi camps.
Here’s a video of how the game works, which might make the story make a bit more sense.