Anne Frank Halloween costume pulled from online store after uproar

Anne Frank Halloween costume pulled from online store after uproar

Google search results for "Anne Frank kids costume" still show an identical costume being sold on Walmart.com, TheHalloweenSpot.com, ziggosparty.comand several other online retailers.

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

The description for "Anne Frank costume for girls" lists the icon as a WWII hero and an inspiration stating "we can always learn from the struggles of history".

Social media reacted with indignation, with some users claiming they were left "speechless" and calling the costume "tasteless".

Cathy Ashley, the former chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust tweeted that "this company. needs to understand why Holocaust victims aren't a profit-making figure of fun for Halloween".

"Incredible that someone actually thought this was ok???"

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The costume quickly received criticism.

"There are better ways to commemorate Anne Frank. How utterly inappropriate. Lost for words", she posted.

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.

"We take feedback from customers very seriously". Though removed on Holloween Costumes, the costume can still be found on Candy Apple Costumes and eBay, ranging in cost from $20 to $35.

Halloweencostumes.com, a website run by the Minnesota-based Fun.com, issued the costume, which included a long sleeve blue button-up dress, a brown shoulder bag and a green beret.

Others defended the dress, with one person saying: "I really don't think the company meant anything malicious by including Anne Frank as a costume".

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