New pages from the original diary of Anne Frank have been published – to reveal a collection of dirty jokes and the writer’s adolescent thoughts on sex.
The teenager had hidden two pages of her original childhood diary with brown sticky paper prior to its publication, leaving a mystery as to the contents underneath.
Using digital scanning techniques, researchers have now discovered that the pages contain four rude jokes and her thoughts about sex education.
The entries candidly discuss periods, the mechanics of sex and her own understanding of prostitution which she once heard through her father, Otto.
They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank, said Ronald Leopold, the executive director of the Anne Frank House museum.
According to Leopold, Frank’s writings are unsurprising as the teenager candidly discussed her sexual development elsewhere throughout the diary.
It is unclear why Anne felt compelled hide her writings but Leopold believes that she was worried that others would discover her diary and read it.
Anne wrote the pages in September 1943, less than three months after she and her family were forced into hiding from Nazi troops at a secret annex behind a canalside Amsterdam home.
On prostitution, she wrote All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together. In Paris they have big houses for that. Papa has been there.
While on the subject of periods, she said they are a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn’t do that of course before one is married.
Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile, said Frank van Vree, the director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The dirty jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl.
Anne Frank and her family were eventually captured by Nazi authorities after a betrayal by a still-unkown person.
Anne was just 15 when she and her sister died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, after suffering from typhus.
Her father, Otto, was the only family member to survive the war, and had the diary published two years after his release in 1947.
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