Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Jesus Walton

Hidden pages in Anne Frank's diary: corny jokes and sex ed

Hidden pages in Anne Frank's diary: corny jokes and sex ed

A spokeswoman from the Anne Frank House said the newly discovered text would be available only in Dutch. "Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way", Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said in a statement shared on the website.

Brown paper had been used to cover the two pages in Anne's first diary, but digital and image processing technology was used to decipher their contents.

Frank, a 13-year-old who wrote the infamous diary in a secret annex while she was hiding from the Nazis during World War II, may have covered up the pages because she was hiding of from the sights of her family members.

She also included this suggestive quip: "Do you know why the German Wehrmacht girls are in Holland?"

The pages are a reminder of how young Anne was when she wrote her diary, said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

In 2016, during a check on the condition of the diaries, the museum made a decision to examine "two whole pages [that were] covered up with brown gummed paper".

It is not known why she covered up the two pages with brown paper, but several times in her diaries she voices fears that others might pry into her writings.

The recently publicized pages of hidden text serve to highlight "Anne the girl", and her "inquisitive" and "precocious" personality, the Anne Frank House said.

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Anne would die in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, about a month before it was liberated by Allied troops. She also recorded "dirty" jokes or wrote openly about sexual subjects.

Experts believe the text revealed more about Miss Frank's as a writer, rather than about her interest in sex.

The Independent says she "attempts an answer, addressing an imaginary listener with a lofty tone, using phrases such as "rhythmical movements" to describe sex, and "internal medicament", to refer to contraception".

The covered entry was first discovered in 2016 during a regular inspection of the diary. "They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank".

Writing about prostitution, she said: "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together".

It's not the first time "new" writing by Anne has been discovered - in 1998 three loose pages, with five written sides, from one diary came to light.

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.

"The "dirty" jokes and the passage on sex education are not exceptional in Anne's texts as a whole". And, as researchers have noted, she explored the topics of sex and sexuality on other, non-hidden pages as well.

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