Hidden pages from Anne Frank's diary published

Lawrence Kim
May 16, 2018

Researchers have uncovered two pages of Anne Frank's diary masked over with brown paper that contain jokes and musings about sex, prostitution and contraception.

Frank also noted that her father had told her about prostitutes.

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.

Researches managed to uncover the text using digital techniques, by shining light through the pages and photographing them in high resolution.

The pages contain jokes, similar anecdotes also appearing elsewhere in the diary, and Anne's view of sexual education. She wrote the recently discovered pages on September 28, 1942 at the age of 13, about three months after the Frank family went into hiding, and later covered them up with brown paper, the Associated Press reports.

Mr Leopold said it shows how Miss Frank "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about".

Ronald Leopold, the executive director of the Anne Frank House, said the recent discoveries "bring us even closer" to Frank's development as a writer.

"It's a very cautious start to her becoming a writer", he said. He edited and published her writings in hiding after the war, making Anne Frank one of the world's most famous Holocaust victims. The Anne Frank House said it used new "image processing technology" to decipher the covered pages.The Franks were caught by the Nazis in 1944.

With regards to 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. "Papa has been there". "As mattresses for the soldiers".

One joke involves a man who fears his wife is cheating on him.

Anne wrote her diary while she and her family spent two years in hiding in an Amsterdam canal-house, in an attempt to avoid Nazi occupiers during World War II. Only Anne Frank's father, Otto, survived the Holocaust.

Two extra pages can be added to the world-famous diary of Anne Frank after researchers announced the content of two pages not published before on Tuesday in Amsterdam.

Anne, who died in a Nazi concentration camp before she turned 16, would have written the passages aged between 13 and 15.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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