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Anne Frank Halloween Costume Removed From Website (Photo)

Anne Frank Halloween Costume Removed From Website (Photo) Promo Image

A costume company has sparked outrage online after listing a costume based on World War II historical figure Anne Frank. pulled the controversial kids' costume, which was described as an "Anne Frank costume for girls," according to USA Today.

"Now, your child can play the role of a World War II hero with this girls' World War II costume," read the website's description of the costume, which included a blue button-up dress with a felt "destination tag," a beret, and a brown felt shoulder bag.

Anne's diary famously told of her life in hiding from Nazis seeking to send Jews to concentration camps. She had lived for two years in a secret compartment in her father's business, according to BBC.

The Frank family was later betrayed, and they were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Anne was then taken with her sister to another concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, where the two died.

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"We should not trivialize her memory as a costume," tweeted Anti-Defamation League Arizona Regional Director Carlos Galindo-Elvira, adding that there are better ways to commemorate Anne's life.

Some commenters online criticized the backlash, saying that the controversy was an example of political correctness going overboard, according to RT.

"Isn't an Anne Frank Halloween costume a positive reinforcement for young women?" asked one user on Twitter.

Others mused on whether the costume had initially been intended as an Anne Frank costume at all.

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"Fairly sure it's meant to be an evacuee label, and the costume was originally a British child being evacuated - not a concentration camp," tweeted one user. "But some content writer thought WWII = Anne Frank to drive up the search numbers, without considering (horrifying) implications of that."

"In the U.K. it's being sold as 'evacuee girl," wrote another. "I imagine evacuees less well known in U.S. context."

In WWII, fears of German bombings caused some towns and cities in the U.K. to carry out voluntary evacuations of children, who went to safer rural locations, according to the Imperial War Museums website.

The costume has been removed from a number of sites, including Walmart's website.

The costume remains on sale on other websites, including Amazon.

Ross Walker Smith, a public relations specialist for, issued an apology for the costume.

"We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays," said Smith in the statement. "We offer several types of historically accurate costumes, from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters.

"We take feedback from customers very serious," Smith continued. "We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has cause, as that's never our intention."

Sources: USA Today, Twitter (2), BBC, RT, Imperial War Museums / Featured Image: Hakan Dahlstrom/Flickr / Embedded Images: Twitter (2)

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