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Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Holocaust Museum: Stop catching Pokemon here


On Tuesday, Pokemon Go had been downloaded millions of times, topping rankings at official online shops for applications tailored for smartphones powered by Apple or Google-backed Android software.

But there's at least one place that would really like to keep Pokemon out: the Holocaust Museum.

"Playing Pokemon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism is extremely inappropriate", museum spokesperson Andy Hollinger said.

However, the latest story surrounding the famous mobile game includes the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, whose communications director recently asked Pokemon GO enthusiasts not to play the game in the museum's premises.

Many city landmarks, like the museum, are classified by the game as "PokéStops", or places where players can get free items to use in the augmented reality game.

There are also three PokeStops at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Hollinger told the paper the museum is generally open to new technology, and encourages visitors to share their experiences of visiting the exhibits on social media.

Police say a shooting in west Philadelphia that killed one teenager and wounded two others as they were leaving a community league basketball game stemmed from a fight after an earlier game. The company's founder, John Hanke, released a statement saying sorry in 2015 for allowing players of mobile role-playing game "Ingress" to battle over control of historic concentration camp sites, including Dachau and Sachsenhausen. Part of what makes the hunt for Pokemon interesting is that they spawn at random locations, in greater or fewer numbers according to the traffic density of a given area.

Pawel Sawikci, a spokesman for the Auschwitz Memorial, told CNNMoney that he wasn't familiar with the game, but has seen screenshots posted to Twitter of the use of Pokemon Go in Holocaust memorials.

Niantic, the game's creator, did not respond to requests for comment about the museum's complaint.

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