Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

Dutch researchers read two covered pages of Anne Frank diary    
     The Canadian PressMay. 15 2018 8:30

Dutch researchers read two covered pages of Anne Frank diary The Canadian PressMay. 15 2018 8:30

"The Anne Frank House on Tuesday revealed that it had managed to read the pages, which a then 13-year-old Anne wrote on September 28, 1942, and subsequently covered over with brown masking paper, keeping the pages" contents a tantalizing mystery for decades.

Researchers in the Dutch capital have recovered two pages from one of Anne Frank's diaries that contain passages on sexuality.

"Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way".

Thanks to modern image processing technology, the writing from 1942 was uncovered, and four "dirty jokes" appeared. The statement said that the pages include four dirty jokes, some crossed out phrases and a text in which Anne Frank imagines herself teaching sexual education.

He said the jokes "make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

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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.

Anne Frank House director Ronald Leopold said the pages were not really scandalous or surprising, as Frank openly discusses her sexual maturation elsewhere in the diary.

As the months in hiding progress, her handwriting gradually matured from the hesitant block letters of a child to the flowing cursive style of an author who is gaining confidence as she hones her writing skills.

She also described a young woman getting her period around age 14 as "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married". On prostitution, Frank noted that "in Paris they have big houses for that". "Papa has been there". "As mattresses for the soldiers".

She had been in a hidden annexe for two months, hiding from the Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam with her family and another Jewish family. The family was provided with food and other essentials by a close-knit group of helpers, until 4 August 1944 when they were discovered and ultimately deported to Auschwitz.

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Anne died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, aged 15.

The house where the Franks hid was turned into a museum that is one of Amsterdam's most popular tourist attractions.

Her father, Otto Frank managed to survive the Holocaust and published his daughter's diary in 1947, in hopes it would become a revelation to the agony faced by Jews.

Her diary, written during her time in hiding, is one of the most moving testimonies of the war, and more than 30 million copies have been sold.

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