Anne Frank Costume Pulled From Some Sites After Uproar

Ruben Ruiz
October 18, 2017

A costume company has sparked outrage online after listing a costume based on World War II historical figure Anne Frank. Other websites followed suit.

A Halloween costume retailer pulled an Anne Frank costume from its online shop this week after receiving criticism social media.

Frank was 15 when she died at a concentration camp. "Unfortunately, World War II shook the world in a way that no one could have foreseen".

Her writing went on to become a window into the horrific realities the Jewish people experienced during the war, so it's no wonder that many were shocked to see her memory being used as a Halloween prop.

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"We learn from Anne Frank's life and death to honour her & prevent future atrocity". Screenshots of the costume posted to social media show a girl wearing a World War II-era outfit. "This is not one", Carlos Galindo-Elvira, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, said in a tweet. Thankfully, these websites seem to have since removed the items from their listings.

Alexandra DeVitt, a spokesperson for the Anne Frank Center, told Fox News that the costume was "offensive" and "trivializes her suffering".

HalloweenCostumes.com's public relations specialist Ross Smith issued a response to the costume on Twitter on Monday, saying the company offers costumes for a variety of uses besides Halloween, including school projects and plays.

"There are more appropriate ways to commemorate the legacy of Anne Frank than through a Halloween costume, which is offensive and trivializes her suffering and the suffering of millions during the Holocaust", DeVitt said. Regardless, the retailer has pulled the costume from the site. "We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time".

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