- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A controversial “Anne Frank” girls’ Halloween costume is no longer available for sale after an angry online backlash, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported Monday. A similar design, however, appears to remain available via Amazon.com under a different name.

HalloweenCostumes.com found itself in a roiling cauldron of controversy on social media for the listing, which noted “we can always learn from the struggles of history” in its description promoting the design, JTA said.

“There r better ways 2 commemorate Anne Frank. This is not one. We should not trivialize her memory as a costume,” tweeted Carlos Galindo-Elvira, the Arizona regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, on Sunday.

A representative for the parent company, Fun.com, suggested on Twitter that the posting had essentially been a marketing mistake.

“We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays,” Ross Walker Smith, a PR specialist for the companies, tweeted on Sunday, adding that the company takes “feedback from customers very seriously” and accordingly the design had been “removed from the website at this time.”

While pulled off of HalloweenCostumes.com, a search for “Anne Frank costume” on Amazon’s website pulls up listings for the same costume design under the listing “Smiffy’s World War II Evacuee Girl.”

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