Newly Uncovered Pages From Anne Frank's Diary Reveal Risqué Jokes

Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

Researchers have published for the first time writing on two pages of Anne Frank's diary which she covered over with brown paper, discovering dirty jokes and a teenager's interest in sex.

Anne, age 13 at the time, wrote the two pages on September 28, 1942, less than three months after she, her family, and another Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex behind a canal-side house in Amsterdam.

She added a few dozen lines about sex education, imagining she has to give "the talk" to someone else, and mentioning prostitutes - who she wrote elsewhere that her father had told her about.

"Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile", said Frank van Vree, director of the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which participated in the deciphering of the pages.

"The diary of Anne Frank is a world heritage object with great historical value, and this justifies research into it", the institution said.

The Anne Frank House, a museum located in Frank's former hiding place, did not quote directly from the text it had recovered.

The Lynn Classical High School Drama Club will perform "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Friday, May 18 and Saturday the 19th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Thanks to modern image processing technology, the writing from 1942 was uncovered, and four "dirty jokes" appeared.

About prostitution, Anne wrote: "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together". Others, including matters that usually preoccupy a teenage mind, she kept to herself. "Like every adolescent she is curious about this subject".

One of the jokes reads: "Do you know why the German Wehrmacht girls are in the Netherlands?".

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.

"Over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background", it said in a statement.

After the group was discovered and deported, and Frank perished in Bergen-Belsen, Otto Frank, her father and the only surviving member of the family, edited and published his daughter's writing. The Anne Frank House did not release the text itself along with the announcement.



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