Jewish group raises concerns about Secret Hitler board game sold in Montreal
|Toronto Star 14 Jan 2020 at 18:15|
MONTREAL—A Jewish advocacy organization is raising concerns over a board game dubbed “Secret Hitler,” after it was spotted over the weekend on store shelves in the Montreal area.
The Quebec regional director for B’nai Brith Canada says what caused a stir among community members is that the game — which is about fighting the rise of fascism — evokes the name of the infamous Nazi leader.
“The main issue was the fact that Hitler was being used in the board game name,” Harvey Levine said Tuesday, noting people “reacted to the fact that it was a board game about Hitler — which the Jewish community tends to be very sensitive about, especially with growing anti-Semitism across Canada, the United States and around the world.”
The game was first published in 2016 and is described as a “dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal set in 1930s Germany.”
Players are secretly divided into two teams — liberals and fascists. The fascists move to sow distrust and install their leader while the liberals must stop them before it is too late.
Levine said he raised the issue with one west-end Montreal location where the game had been spotted, highlighting the sensitivity issue around the game’s name and subject matter.
“I did not insist the game be taken off the shelves,” Levine said.
The manager of the toy store “Tour De Jeux” in Montreal’s Eaton Centre mall downtown said his store removed the game from shelves after receiving “pressure” to do so.