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Tuesday Afternoon Links – Anne Frank Edition

First, they came for the Anne Frank Halloween costumes, and I said nothing because they didn’t make anything in my size… The costume, a blue button-up dress, is accessorized with a green beret and a brown shoulder bag. It’s “reminiscent of the kind of clothing” young girls are likely to have worn in the 1930s and 1940s, said a product description below the image of a model — a brown-haired girl with a smile on her face and her hand on her waist. For $25 (plus shipping), “your child can play the role of a World War II hero” on Halloween, it promised. But the costume portraying Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager whose diary chronicled the horrors of the Nazi regime, was called offensive by numerous critics, including major advocacy groups. So Halloweencostumes.com, an online retailer, removed the item from its website, and its spokesman apologized, saying offending people wasn’t the company’s intention. Poet attacked online by enraged high school students after her work appears on exam Students have been told to apologise to an award-winning Indigenous writer by the head of the government agency that administers the HSC. David de Carvalho, the chief executive of the NSW Education Standards Authority, condemned the treatment of Ellen van Neerven who was subjected to abusive comments and messages from students who had sat the English exam. “I am appalled by the abuse of the author,” Mr de...

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