'Apples to Apples' Card Causes 'Nazi Poland' Snafu

Apples to...oranges? Mattel apologizes after Warsaw insists card for 'Schindler's List' in popular game was 'historically inaccurate.'

Tova Dvorin ,

Auschwitz "Work Sets You Free"
Auschwitz "Work Sets You Free"
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US-based toy manufacturing giant Mattel has apologized to Poland Sunday, after an uproar ensued over the use of the term "Nazi Poland" on a card in the associative word game Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is a popular card game where players place the best - or quirkiest - nouns to describe a chosen adjective. 

The offending card in question was the "Schindler's List" card, according to the Guardian, which read,“1993 Steven Spielberg film. Powerful, real-life story of a Catholic businessman who eventually saved over 1,000 Jews in Nazi Poland.”

Warsaw, which has been campaigning militantly to remove all references to "Nazi Poland" from pop culture, articles, or even historical discourse, said in a statement on the embassy's website that the card is “completely inconsistent with the historical truth and detrimental to the good name of our country."

The Polish government keeps tabs on global media for descriptions of former Nazi German death camps as "Polish," claiming the term - despite describing a geographical location and despite the Polish involvement in pogroms against Jews during the period - "wrongly" blames the country for responsibility for the Holocaust. 

Following the apology, Mattel is offering copies of the game without the "Nazi Poland" card free of charge. 

This is not the first hullaballoo over "Nazi Poland" this week. 

Last week, Warsaw summoned the US ambassador to Poland over remarks from FBI Director James B. Comey, who condemned Poland, Hungary, and other Eastern European countries' acceptance of Nazi values as indicative of shared responsibility in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post.

Both ambassador Stephen Mull and Comey eventually apologized for the remarks after the diplomatic snafu made headlines. 



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