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Auschwitz Memorial Says Playing 'Pokemon Go' Not Allowed

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Auschwitz survivors return for the 70th Anniversary
A view from Auschwitz, a day ahead of the 70th Anniversary of the Camp Liberation, Oswiecim, Poland, January 26, 2015.Artur Widak / NurPhoto - Getty Images

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The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum says it does not allow people to play "Pokemon Go" on their smartphones during visits to the former German death camp because it is "disrespectful on many levels."

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

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There have been reports of people playing the game at Auschwitz and other somber memorial sites across the world.

The Auschwitz memorial wrote Tuesday on Twitter: "Do not allow playing #PokemonGO on the site of our Memorial and similar places. It's disrespectful on many levels."

The museum could not be reached for comment Wednesday on the matter.

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