If you haven’t heard about the ‘Secret Hitler’ game then you aren’t alone. I must confess that I don’t regularly play board games outside of ‘no technology’ holidays or outside of family get-togethers.
Yet I must own I was rather surprised when I read the ‘Jewish Daily Forward’ shrieking about the ‘Secret Hitler’ game to effect that:
‘Critics of the game are asking Amazon to remove it, saying that it normalizes Hitler as a fun, fictional character as part of a game night.
“Anything that depicts anything regarding Hitler is a very sensitive issue, especially with growing anti-Semitism throughout Canada, the U.S. and around the world,” B’Nai Brith Canada regional director Harvey Levine told the Montreal Gazette.
Meanwhile, its creators argue that the game acts as a reminder and warning about how fascism can form, even in today’s world. Its product page on Amazon describes it as such:
Secret Hitler is a dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal set in 1930’s Germany. Players are secretly divided into two teams - liberals and fascists. Known only to each other, the fascists coordinate to sow distrust and install their cold-blooded leader. The liberals must find and stop the Secret Hitler before it’s too late.
Each round, players elect a President and a Chancellor who will work together to enact a law from a random deck. If the government passes a fascist law, players must try to figure out if they were betrayed or simply unlucky. Secret Hitler also features government powers that come into play as fascism advances. The fascists will use those powers to create chaos unless liberals can pull the nation back from the brink of war.
But of all the products that use the word “Hitler” in their titles that have sold at Amazon, “Secret Hitler” is the only product that is of an entertaining nature. Only three products at Amazon with the term “Hitler” in their titles have sold well for more than a single day.’ (1)
So to summarize; because ‘Secret Hitler’ references ‘Hitler’ and ‘Hitler’ equates ‘anti-Semitism’, it therefore follows that jews have a quasi-trademark on the word ‘Hitler’ which grants them to the ability to veto anything with the word ‘Hitler’ in it that they don’t like. Now despite the rather obvious fact that ‘Secret Hitler’ is an anti-Nazi game that seeks to promote ‘Nazi hunting’ in a fun way and thus prevent the ‘rise of fascism’ in Germany, it is still being labelled rather paradoxically as being ‘anti-Semitic’ and jews are demanding it be removed from both Amazon and high street retailers alike.
As evinced by the strangled shrieking of ‘United For Israel’ that:
‘The game is still available on Amazon. It is described as a “fast-paced game of deception and betrayal” with “beautiful wooden components” and “hidden roles and secret envelopes for five to 10 players.”’ (2)
Yet there is no indication – let alone any evidence – that ‘Secret Hitler’ is ‘anti-Semitic’ in any way, shape or form. In actuality it was created as an anti-Nazi game by a jew named Max Temkin along with two non-jews (Mike Boxleitner and Tommy Maranges). (3)
Is this just jewish paranoia is this an attempt to shake down Amazon for money… sorry… ‘donations’?
(3) https://forward.com/news/national/438310/secret-hitler-max-temkin-amazon/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Hitler#Development also see https://unitedwithisrael.org/secret-hitler-board-game-yanked-from-shelves-in-montreal/