Halloween store pulls 'tasteless' Anne Frank costume


Originally listed on the popular costume retailer website, Holloweencostumes.com, children were given the choice to dress up as Anne Frank - Jewish diarist and victim of the Holocaust.

It was called the "Anne Frank costume for girls" and HalloweenCostumes.com was selling. It included a blue, long-sleeve shirt with a shoulder bag and green beret, USA Today reported.

The Anne Frank costume offended some of those who have read the diary left behind by the teenage girl, who died at the age of 15 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

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Last year, Costumeish.com came under criticism for an outfit billed as "Parisian Heist Robbery Victim", which allowed people to dress up as robbery victim Kim Kardashian, though the reality TV star was not mentioned by name.

In response to the controversy, Ross Walker Smith, a spokesperson for HalloweenCostumes.com, apologized for "any offense it has caused" and noted that the company makes costumes for a number of uses, not just Halloween. Numerous complaints were posted on social media.

Carlo Sage with the Anti-Defamation League accused retailers of trivializing Frank's memory when it should instead by commemorated in "better ways". "We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time".

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Many took to Twitter to express their disapproval of the Anne Frank costume, describing it as "inappropriate" and "horrifying".

"We offer several types of historically accurate costumes - from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters", Smith said.

In 2013, Wal-Mart and major US retailers removed a costume of Osama bin Laden after the stores received complaints from the Sikh community, the Deseret News reported.

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