Anne Frank Halloween costume pulled after criticism


A "historically-accurate" Halloween costume sparked controversy.

An online retailer of Halloween costumes has chose to pull its Anne Frank-inspired costume after waves of criticism.

On entering the search term "Anne Frank costume" into Google, results of the same outfit are generated with the description "World War Two evacuee girl costume". Would YOU be offended if a child dressed as Anne Frank came trick-r-treating at your door?

The costume contains a long sleeve blue dress, brown shoulder bag and green beret and was for sale on U.S. and European websites for a brief period before the backlash gained momentum online.

Screenshots of the costume on posted online over the weekend show a smiling girl with brown hair, wearing a green beret and World War II-era clothing.

Criticism over the children's costume quickly spread on social media.

Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the ADL Arizona office, said on Twitter that the costume trivializes Frank's memory. Spokesman Ross Walker Smith tweeted Sunday that the costume was pulled from the website. offered young girls the flawless WWII-style ensemble to portray the historic figure, featuring a long sleeve blue button-up dress, a green beret, and a brown shoulder bag.

"We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays", he tweeted. "We are pleased that the costume has been pulled". He apologized for any offense caused by the costume.

The outfit was meant to be an inspirational costume which highlighted that "we can always learn from the struggles of history".

The costume was removed from Walmart's website Monday, reports Time, but it remains available on Amazon.