Months after the release of its’ first season, the Amazon Prime Original series “Hunters” is coming back for another season.
Set in the 1970s, Jonah Heidelbaum, played by Logan Lerman, discovers that his now-murdered Holocaust survivor grandmother Ruth, played by Jeannie Berlin, was a part of a group of Nazi hunters. Persuaded into joining the group by Jewish philanthropist Meyer Offerman, played by Al Pacino, Jonah is brought into a secret world where Nazis live in the United States having escaped justice after the war and are planning to form a Fourth Reich.
The show premiered on February 21 receiving many mixed reviews along with criticisms from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. In their criticism, it was stated that the events shown in the series were historically inaccurate and would “welcome future deniers.” In particular, they were referring to a scene in which a Nazi officer forced captors to play in a deadly game of human chess. Another criticism of the series came from USC Shoah Foundation director Stephen D. Smith who said that “Amazon must not renew it for a second season.”
Series creator David Weil responded to these criticisms in a statement given to Deadline. In the statement, Weil identified himself as the grandson of a Holocaust survivor and mentioned how it was his decision to make the characters in the series fictional to not misrepresent anyone’s story. When referring to the chess scene, Weil said that he made the fictional scene to counteract the whitewashing of Nazi violence.
“And why did I feel the need to create a fictional event when there were so many real horrors that existed? After all, it is true that Nazis perpetrated widespread and extreme acts of sadism and torture – and even incidents of ‘cruel games’ – against their victims,” Weil said in his statement to Deadline. “I simply did not want to depict those specific, real acts of trauma.”
A release date for season two has not yet been given.