Escape rooms — real life games where groups of people are locked in a room for a short time and have to solve puzzles and challenges to get out — have become incredibly popular in recent years. A Dutch version in Valkenwaard (87 miles outside of Amsterdam) took things a few steps too far, however, by creating an escape room resembling the apartment where Anne Frank and six others hid and were eventually found during World War II. The Dutch Jewish teenager described her life in hiding (from 1942 to 1944) in her now iconic diary, published after she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15.
The Anne Frank Foundation termed the game “condescending” and told the Associated Press: “It shows very little empathy for survivors of the Shoah [Holocaust] to use the annex as a backdrop for an escape room.” They added that the game was historically incorrect too, as it “creates the impression that hiding (from the Nazis) is an exciting game and if those hiding are smart enough they won’t be caught.” The operator of the game, however, sees no harm, defending the game as an “educational experience.”
Read the full story at The Washington Post.