Researchers Reveal Anne Frank's 'Dirty' Jokes In Hidden Diary Pages


Anne Frank once taped over two pages in her diary with brown sticky paper, leaving a small puzzle as to what material the Jewish teenager, who had no idea of how famous her diary would later become, wanted to exclude. On prostitution, Frank noted that "in Paris they have big houses for that".

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.

By shining a light through the paper and photographing the pages in high resolution, researchers have managed to read the text on two covered up-pages of the diary. "They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

Peter de Bruijn, a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, one of the partners in the research, said that the newly uncovered pages are not significant for their sexual content - because Frank explores similar matters in other parts of the diary, often in even more explicit terms.

"The only element that might be interesting from the point of view about her development as a writer and as a teenager is the fact that she's creating, kind of, fiction" he said.

"She was probably afraid that other people she was hiding with, either her father, her mother or the other family would discover her diary and would read these things", Leopold said. 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.

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".

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One of her jokes was this: "Do you know why the German Wehrmacht girls are in Holland?"

She had been in a hidden annexe for two months, hiding from the Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam with her family and another Jewish family.

He added that the adolescent had also written about the subject in several other pages of her diary, which have already been published. The family went into hiding in July 1942 and remained there, provided with food and other essentials by a close-knit group of helpers, until August 4, 1944, when they were discovered and ultimately deported to Auschwitz.

Her father Otto was the only member of the family to survive the war.

She died aged 15 at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

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