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Anne Frank Halloween Costume Pulled From Online Store After Complaints

A spokesman apologized for any offence caused by the costume.

10/16/2017 13:59 EDT | Updated 10/16/2017 16:57 EDT
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Anne Frank is known from the diary she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis during the war.

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

Screenshots of the costume for sale at HalloweenCostumes.com posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret. The costume was quickly criticized on Twitter. Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the Anti-Defamation League's Arizona office said on Twitter that the costume trivializes Frank's memory.

North Mankato, Minnesota-based Fun.com runs the website. Spokesman Ross Walker Smith tweeted Sunday that the costume had been pulled from the website. He explained that the company sells costumes for activities other than Halloween, like "school projects and plays.'' He apologized for any offence caused by the costume.

Anne Frank is known from the diary she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis during the war.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the Anti-Defamation League as the Anti-Defence League.

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