Hunters is Amazon's new drama series from producer Jordan Peele (director of Get Out, Us). It stars Al Pacino and Logan Lerman as Nazi hunters in the 1970s.
Hunters premiered this past Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Critics have described the series as closer to a comic book version of the history of Nazi hunters than a faithful depiction.
But the Auschwitz Memorial Museum called out the show for what it feels is a "dangerous" representation that would encourage Holocaust denial.
The Auschwitz Memorial Museum criticizes Amazon's Hunters
Auschwitz was full of horrible pain & suffering documented in the accounts of survivors. Inventing a fake game of human chess for @huntersonprime is not only dangerous foolishness & caricature. It also welcomes future deniers. We honor the victims by preserving factual accuracy. pic.twitter.com/UM2KYmA4cw— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) February 23, 2020
Hunters: Amazon's new Nazi hunter series
Amazon describes its new show, Hunters, as follows:
"Inspired by true events, Hunters follows a rag-tag team of Nazi Hunters in 1977 New York City who discover that hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in America. And so, they do what any bad-ass vigilante squad would do: they set out on a bloody quest for revenge and justice. But they soon discover a far-reaching conspiracy and must race against time to thwart the Nazis’ new genocidal plans."
The series seems to be based in part on historical figures like Simon Wiesenthal, who tracked Nazis that escaped prosecution after WWII.
Auschwitz Memorial Museum's notice to Hunters
The Auschwitz Museum took particular issue with Hunters's creation of a fictitious chessboard scene on the Auschwitz grounds in the show.
It is arguing that the show's manipulation of history is irresponsible and can encourage Holocaust deniers. Hunters does not deny the Holocaust's occurrence, but the Museum wants the show's creators to follow historical facts.
"If you however use a real place, respect it's history and suffering of its victims," reads another Auschwitz Museum tweet.
Amazon and Hunters have yet to respond to the Museum's criticism, which surfaced online on Sunday, February 23.