Germany's Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum says no Pokemon Go

Many businesses have welcomed the craze, offering discounts or deals to visiting Pokemon Go players.

The game has until now only been available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand - although some particularly avid Europeans fans downloaded copies in recent days by pretending to be connecting from those countries.

"Pokemon Go" is a hugely popular new reality game that uses Global Positioning System and allows players to search locations in the real world to find virtual little creatures.

According to the BBC, game developers Niantic Labs are yet to respond to their pleas of removing the locations from the game.

It carefully acknowledges that Pokemon Go on its own is a fun and worthwhile game, but that it doesn't belong in a place like the Holocaust Museum. "We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity".

One million European Jews died at the camp set up by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland in 1940-1945. It's here that hundreds of thousands of people suffered: "Jews, Poles, Roma, Russians and individuals from other nations", museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told AFP.

In June 2015, in-game elements for its previous title Ingress could be discovered at Auschwitz, as well as the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps in Germany, sparking protests from museum authorities.

The same day, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., also issued a statement condemning playing the game on its grounds. The game has not been officially released in Europe.

New York magazine reported that playing the game at other sites - such as Ground Zero in New York City, near a North Carolina statue of a Confederate general and at the site of multiple African-American mural memorials in Brooklyn - has also caused controversy.

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