Anne Frank Halloween costume pulled from online store after complaints

Store spokesman said costume removed from store website

By The Associated Press, RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

(World War II evacuee girl costume being sold on ebay.)

An online retailer has pulled a costume from its website that depicted Holocaust victim Anne Frank. 

Screenshots of the costume for sale at that were posted to social media show a smiling girl wearing World War II-era clothing and a beret.

The costume was quickly criticized on Twitter. Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who leads the Anti-Defense League's Arizona office said on Twitter that the costume trivializes Frank's memory., which is based in North Mankato, Minnesota runs the website.

Spokesman Ross Walker Smith tweeted Sunday that the costume had been pulled from the website.

He explained that the company sells costumes for activities other than Halloween, like "school projects and plays." He apologized for any offense caused by the costume.

As of Tuesday morning, the costume was still for sale on sites such as eBay, Candy Apple and Bonanza. It was on sale under the name World War II evacuee girl costume.

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According to Fortune, the costume controversy began in August, when social media users notified Amazon, who removed the listing for the outfit. 

Anne Frank is known for the diary she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis during the war.

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