Anne Frank is arguably the most famous name associated with the Holocaust.
The young girl gained notoriety after her diary was published in the wake of her death, as millions of people learned how she hid from the Nazis between 1942 and 1944 when Germany occupied the Netherlands as part of World War II.
She was eventually discovered and died in a concentration camp.
In other words: Anne Frank is a hero.
But one way NOT to honor her struggle would be to sell an ensemble on HalloweenCostumes (dot) com labeled as "World War II Evacuee Girl Costume."
In general, the Holocaust really isn't something that ought to be reduced to such a cheap stunt.
Yet that's exactly what this online retailer went ahead and did, much to the shock and anger of the Internet...
Here's the Costume
On HalloweenCostumes.com, you can pretend as if YOU were killed in the mass murder of Jewish people simply by wearing a blue dress, green beret and a messenger bag for $24.99.
This is the Actual Product Description
"We can always learn from the struggles of history! Unfortunately, World War II shook the world in a way that no one could have foreseen. It showed us what true and mettle were. It also created some unexpected heroes, where even a young girl like Anne Frank with nothing but a diary and hope could become an inspiration to us all. We can learn from someone like that!"
That is a super understatement.
What. The. Actual. Eff.
We really can't say it much better ourselves.
This is from the Anti-Defamation League's St. Louis Branch:
You Can Be a Witch! Or Princess Elsa! Or Anne Frank!
See how that sounds?
Is This a Joke?
It HAS to be a joke, right?
Oh, and By the Way?
It's not even historically accurate!
Sadly, It Was Probably More Than One Person
We assume this idea had to clear a whole bunch of people at that website.
Or, better yet, please stop. Just stop selling it.
A Response from the Retailer
HA! They sell costumes "for many uses outside of Halloween?!?!?" The name of your website is HalloweenCostumes.com!
This is a Photo of Anne Frank
May she rest in peace.