This wasn't the brainchild of the Stormfront forum's merchandising department -- it's a board game brought to you from the makers of Scrabble. But to add an air of disturbing authenticity, the box and instructions come with photocopies of actual Nazi documents and propaganda, and the game board itself is lovingly modeled after the real-life Colditz prison camp in Germany.
So we're guessing the escape plan involves a cardboard disguise and an elaborate stage show.
For the game to work, you have to convince at least one person to play as the Nazi guards. So when you lose the game, not only will you be virtually marched to your certain extermination, you now have one friend who is slightly more convinced that maybe there's something to this whole fascism thing.
The prisoners attempt to collect helpful tools for escape, such as forged papers and disguises, as well as opportunity cards that make escape possible. Meanwhile, the Nazi guards collect opportunities too, such as the coveted "shoot those dogs in the back if they run" card.
Gotta love the disclaimer about how Nazi soldiers weren't really that bad.
To be fair, the game is marketed to ages 12 and up. Apparently, pre-teen is plenty old enough to roleplay some genocide. Despite its violent nature, the game still exists, though in later editions Parker Brothers wisely decided to remove the swastikas from the materials and replace them with the glorious eagle of Democratic liberty, because you wouldn't want to give your tweens the wrong idea.
J.M. McNab writes and podcasts for Rewatchability.com. You can also find him on Twitter @Rewatchability.
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