US retailers cancel sales of 'Anne Frank' Halloween costume

American Internet retailers have withdrawn from sale a Halloween version representing the clothes of Anne Frank, the celebrated Jewish teen who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
American Internet retailers have withdrawn from sale a Halloween version representing the clothes of Anne Frank, the celebrated Jewish teen who died in a Nazi concentration camp.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - American Internet retailers have withdrawn from sale a Halloween version representing the clothes of Anne Frank, the celebrated Jewish teen who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

For US$25 (S$34) excluding shipping, "your child can play the role of a World War II hero on Halloween", said an advertisement.

It featured a blue dress buttoned in front and a green beret, representing girls' fashion from the 1930s and 1940s, accompanied by the image of a smiling, brown-haired girl.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) blasted the advertisement.

"In a climate of escalating worldwide anti-Semitism, the costume sold on Amazon as a WWII evacuee costume and elsewhere as an Anne Frank costume is unconscionably insensitive to Holocaust survivors and their families," said the ADL, which fights anti-Semitism.

The Diary Of Anne Frank is one of the most-read books in the world.

 

The German-born, Jewish teenager kept the intimate memoir while hiding in an Amsterdam attic in Nazi-occupied Netherlands until her capture in 1944.

She died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, aged 15, just before its liberation by British troops.