Investigation launched into Auschwitz video game

The video game is produced by Ukrainian company Alien Games. Photo: YouTube/The Call of Freedom

At the request of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance, the District Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw has launched an investigation into a Ukrainian-produced video game entitled “Cost of Freedom” which allows the player to embody an SS officer in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp and decide which groups of prisoners to send to work, and which to send to the gas chambers.

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Łukasz Łapczyński, the press spokesperson for the District Prosecutor’s Office, said that evidence is currently being collected with regard to “insulting the Polish Nation and promoting a fascist regime.”

The video game is produced by Ukrainian company Alien Games, who have been under fire from the IPN ever since the first trailer was released in which, besides the tasteless theme, references were made to “Polish death camps.”

According to Polish journalist Wojciech Wybranowski from the “DoRzeczy” weekly magazine, the video game may be Russian provocation to defame Ukraine and put a strain on bilateral Polish-Ukrainian relations. Mr Wybranowski cited the connection of Dimitry Dybin to Alien Games, saying that he “has been working for Russian television stations since at least 2012.”