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Who Wants to Play Holocaust: The Video Game? [VIDEO]

‘Imagination Is The Only Escape’ is raising funds through Indiegogo for their “educational story-driven game about the Holocaust”

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: September 5th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Samuel and Renard in 'Imagination is the Only Escape'Pic: Indiegogo

Educators and the entertainment industry have been utilizing film, TV, and literature for decades as a means of teaching children about historical events. Many studies have proven that our youth develop a deeper interest and understanding in a subject matter if they’re able to experience it viscerally, through a combination of sight, sound, and hands-on interaction. So, is it so preposterous to believe that a video game might be the best means of educating kids about important events of the past?

Now, what if that video game was intended to teach children about the Holocaust? A new campaign on crowd funding site, Indiegogo, has launched in hopes of raising $125,000 to develop ‘Imagination is the Only Escape’, “the first game to focus on the human element of one of the world’s worst atrocities: the Holocaust.”

The Indiegogo page points out that “the vast majority of video games about real events have focused on action-packed battle scenes and military strategy,” as opposed to “understanding the mental toll” such atrocities as the Holocaust took on their victims.

‘Imagination is the Only Escape’ follows Samuel, “a young Jewish child who is trying to escape the horrors of the Nazi occupation. He creates a mysterious world in his mind in order to escape reality. You will play as him throughout his childhood during the occupation of France by Nazi Germany” and Renard, a fox that Samuel discovers in a forest near the village he’s living in while being passed off as a Christian orphan.

Here’s the story as described on the Indiegogo page:

“The story starts off before the Occupation of France by Nazi Germany. The player is introduced to the main character, a Jewish boy named Samuel who is playing with his friends, going to school, and living a normal life in Paris. However, when France is invaded by the Nazis, Samuel and his family are soon forced to wear the yellow star of David on their clothes.

The scene changes to the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, the mass arrest of Jews in Paris that took place on July 16, 1942. During the chaos Samuel's mother tells him to escape the city. She takes off his star so he can't be recognized as a Jew, and gives him the address of a Catholic priest who can help him escape Paris and the occupied part of France. As Samuel escapes, his mother is spotted and killed as he is able to escape.

Samuel starts his journey to find the priest, sneaking his way through Paris. Samuel soon finds him, and is smuggled out to southern France. They arrive at a small village hidden in a forest, where the villagers are passing off Jewish children from all over France as Christian orphans, and soon Samuel meets a fox who tells him that if he helps her he will be able to see his mother again.”

‘Imagination is the Only Escape’ is for iOs, Android, PC, Mac and Ouya.

For more info, visit the Indiegogo campaign and watch the proposal video below.

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