Anne Frank Halloween Costume Causes Outrage
An “Anne Frank Halloween costume” is stirring outrage on social media.
The costume’s ad features a little girl dressed in a World War II garb, which includes a beret, dress shoulder bag and destination tag.
Bonanza.com pulled the Anne Frank name and replaced it with “Child World War Two evacuee costume,” while CandyAppleCostumes.com now calls it “Child’s 1940s Girl Costume.”
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) in the UK, told The Jewish Chronicle:
Why would anyone want to “dress up” as Anne Frank, a young girl murdered by the Nazis, for Halloween. It is utterly inappropriate, offensive and quite simply beggars belief. The Holocaust is not a joke – this company needs to have a serious rethink.
Laura Marks, chairwoman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), tweeted:
There is nothing funny about the Holocaust or indeed, any genocide. Some fancy dress simply not OK and can only deeply offend.
Ross Walker Smith, a spokesperson for HalloweenCostumes.com and Fun.com, released an apology on Twitter:
We sell costumes not only for Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes – from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters.
We take feedback from customers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time.