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Holocaust-Themed Turkish ‘Great Escape’ Game Threatens to Turn Challengers Into Soap

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Participants of the Turkish 'Great Escape' game in Jewish World War II prison uniforms. Photo: Facebook.

Participants of the Turkish ‘Great Escape’ game in concentration camp prison uniforms. Photo: Facebook.

The popular real-life interactive “Great Escape” game has made it to Turkey, but the new challenge has raised some eyebrows.

The Turkish version has apparently adopted a Holocaust theme, in which participants are made to wear the striped black-and-white uniforms of Jewish prisoners and solve several puzzles and find clues in order to escape a locked chamber overseen by Nazi SS officers, Israel’s Channel 2 report on Monday.

The penalty for failure? Participants risk being “turned into soap.”

According to the report, the Holocaust-themed iteration of the escape game was launched in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa, and the organizers promised their revelers an “unforgettable experience.”

Apparently, some Facebook users perusing the Great Escape Turkey’s Facebook page were less than enthused by the theme. One user wrote: “Are you aware you’re trying to normalize an abnormal situation?” according to the Israeli report.

“What do you mean, ‘turned into soap?'” another asked. “Millions of people suffered genocide and you’re turning this into a game?”

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  • Tom Wood

    Are they taking the ####, how can they not have realised that this idea was a really really bad one.

  • great escape

    First of all we apologize again for all Jewish people. we did not joke about Jewish people or their memory. that was just a game with kind of puzzles. just that terrible written was our mistake, our game was not opened yet. just 5 group played for try. then everything happened and everybody said us fasist. but if first person who reilize that mistake told us that `that is not nice please change it` we would change it immediately. we also changed everything about holocoust and i m saying again our game does not start. we respect all of Jewish people and their memory and pain. We appologize again and again about that mistake.