Nazi vs Jew beer pong has made a lot of headlines in recent years.
The reason for that should be obvious.
It usually comes down to some idiot posting photos on social media (doesn’t it always).
But if you just play it quietly, without publicizing it and without any ill intent, you shouldn’t have any problems.
At its core, this game is basically beer pong with a dark humorous twist.
But it does depend on the kind of humor you, and the other layers, have.
It’s an actual version of beer pong that people still play from time to time, so let’s dive right in an see what it is about. We’ll also take a closer look at the crudeness behind it.
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Nazi Vs Jew Beer Pong Rules
This game is famously played by new students because, what is college if not shocking and completely reckless?
When it originated (we don’t know where), it was as a way to break-in a freshman, get them used to drinking, and have some hard laughs in the process. It is definitely not just an alternate name for regular beer pong.
But it’s not just a new student game anymore. It has been gaining traction on sites like Reddit and through Snapchat posts (which is a dumb thing to post, by the way; just play the game).
How Does It Work?
If you must know, these are the rules to Nazi vs Jew beer pong.
- One side plays as the Nazis, one side plays as the Jews.
- The Nazi side arrange their cups along the very edges of the regulation beer pong table to form a swastika. They create it out of 29 cups in total.
- The Jews side creates a star of David with a total of 30 cups. The bottom of the star must touch the end of the table closest to the Jew team.
- Arrange a team of three players on each side.
- The Nazi side begins by calling “Blitzkrieg”, where that side begins to bombard the Jew side with shots. They continue until they miss. Once the Nazi team misses its first ball, it goes off to the Jew team and gives them the chance to make their shots.
- The first team to land all of their shots wins the game.
- This game can be turn-based once “Blitzkrieg” has been achieved, or you can continue with rapid-fire rules.
That game sounded pretty simple, right?
Well, there are some special—albeit it, horribly named—rules that can help you out regardless of which side you’re on.
The Nazi team has the ability to call “Auschwitz”, where the team selects two out of three players on the Jews team to sit out the next three turns.
Sometimes people will call each of these turns “reichs” to make a play on the Jews coming back after the third “reich” is over. If the remaining player on the Jew team can make their shots, the teammates can come back early.
Anne Frank Cup
The Jew team has a special cup called the Anne Frank cup. The goal is to hide it somewhere in the room, but still make it accessible to land a ball in by pinging it off the ping pong table.
This is the saving grace for the Jew team in the later rounds. after “Blitzkrieg” ends up turning the tides in the opposing team’s favor.
The Nazi team has three turns to land the Anne Frank cup, which is why this tactic is used towards the end of the game to give more time for the Jew team to land balls in the Nazi cups.
Racism Or Harmless Fun?
Well, it surely didn’t start out as a fun little game. It did start out with racist connotations tied to it, as the intent behind the game was to promote swastika use.
However, since then, it’s just become a way to inject dark humor into a fun night of drinking and gaming. The game itself isn’t founded on any good principles, but it depends on the people playing it.
Some people get off on twisted, dark humor that makes light of historical human tragedies. Honestly, I’m someone who has a dark sense of humor as well.
At the end of the day, this isn’t a game that’s intended to hurt anyone. Nobody is publicizing themselves playing this game with horrible captions and the intent to spread harm or hurt people.
Yeah, it’s a tasteless game and the ideals (and symbols) behind it are horrible. But again, this isn’t a recruitment tool. It’s a drinking game, and drinking games, in general, are known for bad humor.
There are game rules that seriously toe the line (as if the entire game doesn’t, of course), and get into the specifics. Let’s put it this way: you have to know that you’re in a room with people who share the same kind of humor to do this.
Oh, and for some context, I’m Jewish. I’m not offended by it, but that doesn’t mean that other people aren’t. To each their own. You could always implement safer rules like ring of fire beer pong.
This Game Has Made Headlines
Regardless of how you view this, it’s important to know that this drinking game has been making headlines for the better part of the past five years.
College kids are getting in trouble for it because they’re being geniuses and posting it on their Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, you name it. There’s a difference between playing a game and publicizing it to make it seem like a statement.
You’ll find countless articles on this phenomenon, and of course, people are primarily blaming Reddit despite this game having existed for quite some time.
Kids Will Be Kids
Dark humor is desirable. Otherwise you end up being a person that lets every little thing tick you off and make you melt down.
We see this every single day through the media, when someone gets butt-hurt on Twitter because some celebrity said something that wasn’t perfectly politically-friendly.
If a bunch of kids play this game on their own portable beer pong table in a basement in the middle of nowhere, finish the game, and don’t publicize it or use it as a tool to hurt anyone, then was any real harm done?
Or was it just some tasteless humor that made light of the night?
The key here is knowing your audience. This is, for all intents and purposes, a harmless drinking game with no goals or anticipation of hurting another human being.
Yet in 2016 and 2017, we saw college kids being expelled for playing it. Yeah, it makes sense—maybe don’t post this stuff on Snapchat like a moron.
Jews Vs Nazi Beer Pong: Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, this is just a game. A tasteless one, but still just a game. Nobody (we hope) is playing this with any serious intention to harm others or incite violence against Jewish people.
If you are going to use this as a party game, make sure of two things: you know who you are playing with and their dark humor aligns with yours, and that it’s a closed-invitation so you don’t have someone showing up with zero understanding of what’s going on.
While it should go without saying, WorkOut HQ has written this article for educational purposes to inform those with questions about this beer pong variant. We do not, in any way, shape, or form, promote the idea of playing this version of beer pong.