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World War II Evacuee Costume Sparks Outrage Online

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This year’s Halloween costumes have parents debating what’s too revealing, too risqué and too gory for young kids, but a costume on sale in the U.K. is raising some eyebrows.

A World War II Evacuee costume has set the Internet aflutter, with many bloggers calling it both offensive and inappropriate, even dubbing it the “ worst costume of all time.”

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Marketed to young girls, the costume, which retails for £11.99 on Amazon, comes with a plain blue coat dress, a green beret and cross-body brown bag. (The evacuee tag and kid’s identity card are sold separately).

“All that’s missing is a yellow star,” Julia Rubin of the Styleite wrote.

Any costume that’s even remotely related to the Holocaust sets off a nerve, but the Huffington Post reports that the costume is intended as a way to teach kids British history and is not specifically for Halloween. Evacuee Day is commemorated in primary schools and museums across England, marking the evacuation of millions of schoolchildren from Britain’s cities to escape German bombing attacks during WWII.

So, is the costume educational or inappropriate? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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