Creator of Holocaust video game says he wants to 'keep Shoah memory alive'

He had previously scrapped the project after it was slammed as ‘disgusting’ and ‘creepy’


A creator of a new video game set during the Holocaust has said he hopes it will keep the memory of the Shoah alive. 

“The Light in the Darkness”, created by British developer Luc Bernard, explores the story of a family deported to a Nazi camp in the 1940s. 

Mr Bernard complained that while many games depict the Second World War, few tell the story of the concurrent genocide which killed six million Jews.

He said the project was inspired by his late grandmother, who aided the Kindertransport scheme which brought over 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Europe to the UK ahead of the outbreak of war.

“It’s a bit like denying that it ever existed,” the British designer told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency. 

The game allows users to play as members of a Jewish family in Vichy France who are eventually arrested as part of the 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv roundup and deported to the Pithiviers transit camp.

Via this camp, the site of a former train station, deported 6,800 people to Auschwitz.

The French-born developer said the game was similar to an interactive film in which players can make choices but cannot control the overarching storyline, which in this case is the family’s tragic fate.

“I couldn’t make a game where you win at the end. That wasn’t the Shoah, there was no choice,” he stressed.

He interviewed Holocaust survivors and consulted the archives of Holocaust museums in both Washington DC and Los Angeles ahead of the game's release. 

He said the project first began 15 years ago but was put on hold as the idea was criticised for being “disgusting” and “creepy.”

Mr Bernard said it was his goal “to get more developers interested to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.”

The game is on display at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture and can be purchased for free on Epic Games.

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