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“Jews Vs. Nazis” Drinking Game Controversy

An offen­sive new Holocaust-themed ver­sion of the pop­u­lar “beer pong” drink­ing game has become a sub­ject of intense dis­cus­sion online and in domes­tic and inter­na­tional media. The game, dubbed “Jews vs.Jews vs  Nazis beer pong drinking game Nazis,” is played by set­ting up two groups of cups, one in the shape of a swastika and the other in the shape of a Star of David.

While the game has report­edly been played across the coun­try in the last few years, the most recent instance came to light after a Twit­ter feed ded­i­cated to anony­mous high school con­fes­sions tweeted a photo of cups set up for “Jews vs. Nazis” on April 27. The photo, which appeared to be from a high school in Florida, was sub­se­quently retweeted 1,800 times, favor­ited over 3,000 times, and cov­ered by the local news.

There are doc­u­mented instances of “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong on var­i­ous social media sites going back to at least 2011. These pho­tos are fre­quently recir­cu­lated by peo­ple claim­ing they are from a recent event.

The photo from the sup­posed recent game actu­ally first appeared in March 2013 on Red­dit, a user-generated news site. It has since shown up on other blogs and web­sites where drink­ing games are a com­mon topic, as well as on a food blog and the web­site of a Col­orado radio sta­tion, which described five new ver­sions of beer pong for its lis­ten­ers to try.

The March 2013 photo, the most com­monly cir­cu­lated on social media, often also includes the game’s rules. In addi­tion to hav­ing the teams shape their cups into a swastika and a Star of David, the game’s over-the-top insen­si­tiv­i­ties include giv­ing the “Jews” the abil­ity to hide one of their cups as the “Anne Frank” cup and the “Nazis” the abil­ity to “Auschwitz” their oppo­nents, mean­ing that one of their play­ers must tem­porar­ily sit out.

Not only is this game pro­foundly offen­sive, its rules also encour­age anti-Semitism against the “Jew” team. The rules state: “Through­out the game you are sup­posed to talk a lot of s–t and say as many racist things as pos­si­ble to make it more enjoy­able. My Jew­ish friends actu­ally love this game haha.”

This game under­scores once more the crit­i­cal need for Holo­caust edu­ca­tion. A recent global poll on anti-Semitism con­ducted by ADL revealed that only a lit­tle more than half of the respon­dents had heard of the Holo­caust, though that num­ber was much higher in the U.S. where 89% of peo­ple acknowl­edged aware­ness of the Holocaust.

  • Troy votes whig

    peo­ple need to lighten up!

    • Mark J. Goluskin

      Really?! Do you under­stand what the holo­caust was?! It was the sys­tem­atic attempt to wipe out a whole peo­ple and reli­gion. And the Nazis did not stop there. If you were gay or les­bian, you faced the same fate. If you were hand­i­capped, you were use­less and met the same fate. A gypsy, same fate. And if you were a Chris­t­ian and spoke against what was hap­pen­ing, again the same fate. You should really think before writ­ing such crap.

      • Troy votes whig

        you know what , you are absolutely right, i will take my Armen­ian self back to sen­si­tiv­ity school so i too can under­stand what a geno­cide is!

        • Mark J. Goluskin

          Well yeah, you should. Do you real­ize how few peo­ple know about the Armen­ian holo­caust? And a big part of that is because of Turkey and not want­ing to affect our rela­tion­ship with that nation. By our not com­ing out to con­demn it, we might as well say what Turkey says. That it never hap­pened. I know it hap­pened and its time that our nation acknowl­edge that fact.

          • Troy votes whig

            so what is bring­ing it back going to do? Let the peo­ple who want to be igno­rant be igno­rant. Its like try­ing to con­vince a lib­eral that gun con­trol doesn’t work. My point is , let those who want to be igno­rant , stay igno­rant, it does me no good to try and inform igno­rant people.

            • Mark J. Goluskin

              Well, I sense your frus­tra­tion and some­times I feel the same way. I guess to me what is impor­tant is to keep such atroc­i­ties out there because there are peo­ple that don’t know enough about the Armen­ian geno­cide. The holo­caust. They would be the ones I want to reach. Because you’re right. The igno­rant or those that don’t care until it hap­pens to them will never change. I think you’re pretty lib­er­tar­ian on this and like I said. I feel that some­times I just don’t know why I waste my time. I think we may have reached some agreement!

              • Troy votes whig

                You would not be the first to tell me that. I am an odd per­son polit­i­cally. But basi­cally i want each and every per­son to be held account­able to them­selves. And you are right, the igno­rant ones dont care until they are affected, and I have talked til I am blue in the face with peo­ple on both sides of the polit­i­cal fence. Im not right , im not wrong, but my beleifs have worked for me and my fam­ily, and those beleifs are work hard, and make sure they dont for­get your name!