Anne Frank Halloween costume removed following complaints: 'We should not trivialize her memory'

Anne Frank, left, became one of the world’s most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust after a diary she wrote while hiding from Nazis was recovered. Right, the costume being sold at HalloweenCostumes.com. (Photos: Twitter)

Online retailer HalloweenCostumes.com has removed a Anne Frank Halloween costume following social media complaints calling it “disgusting” and “offensive.”


 





The company, which described the costume as “inspirational,” calls Frank a World War II hero. However, Alexandra DeVitt, a spokesperson for the Anne Frank Center, told Fox News that “there are more appropriate ways to commemorate the legacy of Anne Frank than through a Halloween costume, which is offensive and trivializes her suffering and the suffering of millions during the Holocaust.” She added, “We are pleased that the costume has been pulled.”

 

Ross Walker Smith, a public relations specialist for HalloweenCostumes.com has addressed the criticism on Twitter. He apologized on behalf of the website for “any offense it has caused.”

“We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays,” Walker Smith wrote. “We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time.”

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