An Anne Frank-themed “escape room” near Amsterdam is causing a media ruckus.
The site is a spot where visitors can pay to enter a room styled after the annex Anne Frank and her family hid in from the Nazis in World War II. Guests are given clues while locked in the apartment, which they can use in a bid to find a way out.
The concept has become a popular form of entertainment around the world, but now the “Escape Bunker” in the town of Valkenswaard has raised more than a few eyebrows.
“It shows very little empathy for survivors of the Shoah to use the annex as a backdrop for an escape room,” the Anne Frank Foundation said in a statement.
“[It] creates the impression that hiding (from the Nazis) is an exciting game and if those hiding are smart enough they won’t be caught.”
The operator of the site, Thijs Verberne, said the escape room provided “an educational experience.”