An online Halloween costume company removed an Anne Frank costume from its website following massive backlash.
HalloweenCostumes.com sold the outfit on its website as an “historical Anne Frank costume for girls.” Anne Frank was a Jewish teenage who wrote a diary that showed life under the Nazi regime. She went into hiding in Amsterdam during World War II and her diary, published after the war, transformed her into a global symbol of Holocaust victims.
“Your child can play the role of a World War II hero,” read the costume’s description on the website. The costume – a blue dress with a beret, satchel and name tag – was being sold for $25.
Over the weekend, images of the costume started spreading across social media.
“Someone actually thought an Anne Frank Halloween costume was a good idea?” tweeted one man.
“There [are] better ways [to] commemorate Anne Frank. This is not one. We should not trivialize her memory as a costume,” wrote Carlos Galindo-Elvira, regional director of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League.
Some didn’t see an issue with the costume, though.
“At first I thought I was offended but after thinking about it, Anne Frank was an incredibly brave girl. Maybe this helps spread her story,” tweeted one person.
“Just read that an Anne Frank costume is sparking controversy. EVERYTHING sparks controversy now. Social media will be the death of humanity,” wrote another.
The company has since pulled the costume from their website, although a web search for “Anne Frank halloween costume” pulls in the same outfit from a variety of online stores. The costume can also be found with a search for “World War Two evacuee girl costume.”