Halloween retailer pulls Anne Frank costume amid complaints
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Halloween retailer pulls Anne Frank costume amid complaints

Website apologizes for depicting Holocaust diarist, explains that it also sells costumes for 'school projects and plays'

Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)
Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)

An online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted Holocaust victim Anne Frank.

Screenshots of the costume for sale at HalloweenCostumes.com posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret.

The costume was quickly criticized on Twitter. Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the Anti-Defamation League’s Arizona office said on Twitter that the costume trivializes Frank’s memory.

North Mankato, Minnesota-based Fun.com runs the website. Spokesman Ross Walker Smith tweeted Sunday that the costume had been pulled from the website. He explained that the company sells costumes for activities other than Halloween, like “school projects and plays.” He apologized for any offense caused by the costume.

Anne Frank is known for the diary she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis during the war. She died in Bergen Belsen in March of 1945.

Anne Frank, at age 12, at her school desk in Amsterdam, 1941. (Courtesy, Beyond the Story)
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