'Anne Frank' Halloween costume branded tasteless in online backlash

'Anne Frank' Halloween costume branded tasteless in online backlash

Other websites followed suit.

Online retailer HalloweenCostumes.com rightfully caught major flak Monday for selling a "WW2 Anne Frank Girls Costume".

Anne Frank has become one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust after a diary of her time in hiding in the Netherlands between 1942 and 1944 was published to worldwide acclaim.

Others defended the dress, with one person saying: "I really don't think the company meant anything malicious by including Anne Frank as a costume".

The picture of the costume features a young girl with her hand on her hip and a slight smile. It is now listed as a "Child World War II Evacuee Girl Costume", on the company's website.

Halloweencostumes.com is owned by Fun.com, which began as small family business operating out of Mankato, Minnosta.

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Identical costumes are still being sold widely online.

The site also described Frank - the German-born girl who penned a diary of her harrowing experience during the Holocaust - as an "inspiration to us all", adding that "we can always learn from the struggles of history".

Spokesman Ross Walker Smith tweeted Sunday that the costume was pulled from the website. "We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time", he wrote.

A representative for the nonprofit Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said the costume was offensive and trivialized the suffering of Frank and the millions who suffered and died during the Holocaust, TMZ reported.

The costume was pulled from the website after backlash from critics, including the Anti-Defamation League's St. Louis branch.

"My daughter had one of these costumes and we didn't associate this to Anne Frank one bit most children dressed like this in them days", said @karencarr001591.

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