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Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes' found in hidden diary pages

16 May 2018, 05:26 | Israel Caldwell

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Researchers at The Anne Frank House Museum found two secret pages covered in brown paper, which they believe were sealed by the Jewish teenager out of fear other people in her hideout might read them.

The two pages are not the only time Frank jotted down dirty jokes or wrote about sexuality, although in later passages she treats the subjects more maturely. In 2016, conservators took photos of the condition of the diary during a routine check.

Experts on Anne's diary said the newly discovered text, when studied together with the rest of her diary, reveals more about Anne's development as a writer than it does about her interest in sex.

In an interview, Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said, "It is really interesting and adds meaning to our understanding of the diary".

"I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", Anne wrote on 28 September 1942, according to the Anne Frank House.

Announcing their discovery on Tuesday, the Anne Frank Foundation believes the text helped the teenager express her sexuality. It is unclear when the text might be available in English, the Times reports. Anne herself presumably pasted the paper over the written pages, though it's not clear when or why.

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The Anne Frank House Museum said at a presentation that it, and several Dutch historical institutes, were able to reproduce the lost pages after years of study by shining a light through them and photographing them in high resolution. In her diary, she wrote about other jokes that were sexual in nature, discussed her changing body and menstruation, and explored her own budding sexual feelings toward members of the same and opposite sex.

The young Jew, then aged 13, and her family had only been in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam for two months.

Frank's candid words on sex didn't make it into the first published diary, which appeared in English in 1952.

Anne Frank died of disease in a Nazi death camp in 1945, the year the war ended.

She also wrote about prostitution. In 1998, five additional pages were released-pages that dealt with what Anne saw as the strained and false relationship between her parents.

He said: "They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank". He had his daughter's diary published and it has since been translated into dozens of languages and become a worldwide bestseller.



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