Mattel under fire for 'Nazi Poland' game
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One of the world's largest toymakers has angered authorities in Poland for using the term “Nazi Poland” in one of its family games.
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The “Apples to Apples” game is a party game where people have to guess a word from the description.
One of the “Red Apples” cards entitled “Schindler's List” reads “1993 Steven Spielberg film. Powerful, real-life story of a Catholic businessman who eventually saved over a 1000 Jews in Nazi Poland”.
It is estimated that this game has already sold more than 3 million copies. It is available on the US and other markets.
A spokesperson for the Polish Embassy in the US said that the embassy was alerted to this issue by the US-based Nowy Dziennik daily.
“The Embassy immediately intervened with the President of the company, calling on the company to correct the mistake made by Mattel – which is completely untrue from a historical perspective, and detrimental to the good name of our country. We hope that it will be effective,” the Embassy spokesperson said.
Update 15:30 CET:
“There is a reaction. The Polish Ambassador in Washington has sent a letter to the company [Mattel] requesting them to recall the game and amend the mistakes,” Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna told journalists on Friday.
Meanwhile, government spokesperson Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska said that “it's important that such issues are discovered quicker, and the Polish Foreign Ministry and the diplomatic service act very quickly,”
She expressed her hope that works such as the upcoming film about WWII-era resistance fighter Jan Karski, which will be screened in the US, will show that “[people] should look differently at Polish history, and should learn from it.” (rg)
Source: Onet, PAP