Anne Frank Halloween Get-Up Doesn't Please Internet

Rep for apologizes, says costume has been pulled from retailer's site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2017 1:36 PM CDT
Yanked From Halloween Site: Anne Frank Costume
In this May 2, 2014, file photo, copies of Anne Frank's diary are on display at Theater Amsterdam in Amsterdam.   (AP Photo/Evert Elzinga, File)

An online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Screenshots of the costume for sale at posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret, the AP reports. The costume was quickly criticized on Twitter. Per the Arizona Republic, the description that accompanied the photo called Frank a hero and noted "we can always learn from the struggles of history." Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the Anti-Defamation League's Arizona office, said on Twitter that the costume trivializes the memory of Frank, known from the diary she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis during the war.

"There r better ways 2 commemorate Anne Frank," he wrote. A spokesman tweeted Sunday that the costume had been pulled from the site. He explained that the company sells costumes for activities other than Halloween, like "school projects and plays," and he apologized for any offense caused by the costume., based in North Mankato, Minn., runs the website.

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