Some Halloween retailers have pulled a costume from their websites labeled as an "Anne Frank costume" after they received complaints for profiting from a costume that depicts the young Holocaust victim. The costume was quickly criticized on Twitter. The costume features a 1930's style dark blue dress with peter pan collar, green beret hat, and brown felt cross-body bag. "We can always learn from the struggles of history!" the website's copy began, with an eerily gleeful exclamation point.
Whether it is an Anne Frank costume or a "World War II evacuee girl costume, " do you think it is appropriate?
Additional text says "your child can play the role of a World War II hero with this girls' World War II costume".
"We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays", he wrote.
Ross Walker Smith, who works as a public relations specialist with HalloweenCostumes.com responded to the criticism with a statement.
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. "We offer several types of historically accurate costumes - from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters", a spokesperson for HalloweenCostumes.com said in a tweet Sunday night, adding that the costume had been removed. He apologized for any offense caused by the costume.
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