Success! Niantic removed the Holocaust Museum as a Pokestop!

“The memorial for the victims of Nazism is an inappropriate place to play a video game,” writes Care2 petition author, Valerie Janovic. “The brutal murder of six million Jews does not belong as a “fun” stop in the Pokemon universe.”

Janovic’s Care2 petition to remove the Holocaust Museum as a Pokestop gained over 18,000 signatures, garnered national attention, and received widespread media coverage. Her story appeared in an Associated Press article, CNET, the Chicago Tribune, and even the New Zealand Herald.

Pokemon Go’s appearance in the Holocaust Museum first sparked controversy when a disturbing image of Koffing, a gas emitting Pokemon, floating in the Helena Rubinstein Auditorium, began circulating on the internet. The auditorium features testimonies of Jewish gas chamber survivors.

“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s communications director, told The Washington Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.” Niantic, the creators of Pokemon Go, did not honor the Holocaust Museum’s request or respond. But after 18,000 people voiced their outrage on Janovic’s Care2 petition, Niantic finally complied with the museum’s wishes.

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The Holocaust Museum is a solemn memorial for millions of men, women, and children who were systematically murdered in one one of the worst genocides in history. During the Holocaust, millions of Jews were transported in cattle cars to concentration camps, where they worked until they were skeletal, and then shoved in ovens to suffocate to death.

Children were tortured by Nazi Doctor Mengele in deadly human experiments. Mengele tested pain tolerance by extracting limbs and organs from healthy “patients” while watching their horrified reactions. Playing a silly video game in the Holocaust museum disrespected their memory, and mocked their suffering.

Holocaust survivors have a serial number tattooed on their arm from when they were branded by Nazis and stripped of their identities. The Holocaust Museum is full of exhibits to commemorate the disturbing events of the Holocaust, and implore it’s visitors to never forget.

But instead of remembering a horrible tragedy, museum visitors spent time searching for Pikachu.

Thanks to the overwhelming support from the Care2 community and the increasing pressure from the media, Niantic removed the Holocaust Museum as a PokeStop. Niantic has also removed Pokemon Go from other insensitive and inappropriate locations like the Hiroshima Memorial.


Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

great news

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H1 years ago

Good news. The museum was such a poor choice for a damn game. When are companies actually going to become responsible.

federico bortoletto
federico b1 years ago

Grazie per la condivisione.

Sherene Lambert
Sherene Lambert1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W1 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Fran F.
Fran F1 years ago

Good! This was extremely inappropriate.

Janet B.
Janet B1 years ago


Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons1 years ago

If we can get more young people visiting museums and involved in learning actual history the more the better.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons1 years ago

Take a major chill pill dude. Its a good way to get kids interested in history. Yes people died but we are not dead yet so enjoy life.