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Anne Frank Halloween costume triggers outrage

18 October 2017

Anne Frank was then taken with her sister to another concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, where the two died.

The outfit, which was marketed as "Anne Frank costume for girls" on sites including Halloweencostumes.eu, included a blue overcoat, green beret, brown satchel and brown paper name tag. Walmart's was described as a "Child World War II Evacuee Girl Costume".

The costume contains a long sleeve blue dress, brown shoulder bag and green beret and was for sale on U.S. and European websites for a brief period before the backlash gained momentum online. "We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume".

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The costume is also listed on ziggosparty.com, without mention of Anne Frank.

Carlos Galindo-Elvira, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, condemned the costume for trivializing Frank's memory.

Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during the Second World War, kept a diary during her time staying in a secret annex of a house in Amsterdam. It is now listed as a "Child World War II Evacuee Girl Costume", on the company's website.

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

The costume remains on sale on other websites including Amazon. "We are pleased that the costume has been pulled".

Ross Walker Smith, a public relations specialist with Fun.com, which owns HalloweenCostumes.com, issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for the costume and saying it had been removed from the website.

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"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.

Anne Frank Halloween costume triggers outrage