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Halloween retailer pulls Anne Frank costume following backlash

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By Euronews  with NBC
Halloween retailer pulls Anne Frank costume following backlash

<p>A children’s Halloween costume depicting Holocaust victim Anne Frank has been pulled from a retailer’s website following widespread condemnation.</p> <p>The ‘Anne Frank costume for girls’, priced at $24.99 (21.24 euros), featured a button-up dress, beret and shoulder bag “reminiscent of the kind of clothing that might be worn by a young girl during <span class="caps">WWII</span>.”</p> <p>In online advertising, the costume was worn by a smiling child model, posing with a hand on her hip.</p> <p>Online retailer HalloweenCostumes.com removed the outfit from its website amid outcry from advocacy groups and individuals on social media.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What. The. Actual. Eff? <a href="https://twitter.com/AnneFrankCenter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>AnneFrankCenter</a> are you aware? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/annefrank?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#annefrank</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/inappropriate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#inappropriate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wtf?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wtf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wtfisthis?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wtfisthis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wtfisgoingon?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wtfisgoingon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pleasebeascam?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pleasebeascam</a> <a href="https://t.co/VxwMf8TEyx">pic.twitter.com/VxwMf8TEyx</a></p>— Noam Friedlander (</code>Noam25) <a href="https://twitter.com/Noam25/status/919826492443443200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 octobre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jfc, imagine this needs to be said.<br /> Rules for <span class="caps">UNACCEPTABLE</span> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Halloween?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Halloween</a> costumes<br /> <br /> -Kids murdered by Nazis/KKK/ISIS/Taliban <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AnneFrank?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AnneFrank</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Resist?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Resist</a> <a href="https://t.co/fLtVX9YmlT">pic.twitter.com/fLtVX9YmlT</a></p>— Nicki (@nickiknowsnada) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickiknowsnada/status/920278859358134272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 octobre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Holocaust denial poll<br /> Anne Frank Halloween costume<br /> Neo-nazi trip to FL<br /> <br /> Welcome to an America where the White House empowers anti-Semitism.</p>— Adam Best (@adamcbest) <a href="https://twitter.com/adamcbest/status/920316000557416449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>In a statement posted to Twitter, the company apologised for the “mistake in judgement.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/pkDXJkB87n">pic.twitter.com/pkDXJkB87n</a></p>— Halloween Costumes (@funcostumes) <a href="https://twitter.com/funcostumes/status/920328078290800640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 octobre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Ross Walker Smith, a publicist for Fun.com, the parent company of HalloweenCostumes.com, said on Twitter that the company sells costumes for “many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays.”</p> <p>In a Facebook post, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said it was pleased the company acted swiftly.</p> <p>“Honouring Anne’s legacy is at the heart of what we do. There are better ways to commemorate her memory than a Halloween costume.”</p> <p>Frank, aged 15, died of typhus in 1945 at a concentration camp in Germany.</p> <p><em>The Diary of Anne Frank,</em> which she wrote while in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, has sold more than 30 million copies.</p> <p><em>With <span class="caps">NBC</span></em></p>