Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

Sergio Cunningham
May 16, 2018

The Lynn Classical High School Drama Club will perform "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Friday, May 18 and Saturday the 19th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5. She had no idea she would one day become one of the Holocaust's most famous symbols.

Researchers at The Anne Frank House Museum found two secret pages covered in brown paper, which they believe were sealed by the Jewish teenager out of fear other people in her hideout might read them.

In 2016, the diary was rephotographed by the Anne Frank House and the hidden writing was deciphered.

Peter de Bruijn, one of the partners in the diary research and a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, said the uncovered text is significant because it shows Frank's first attempt at writing in a more literary tone.

Anne Frank's original diary, from the collection of the Anne Frank House Museum. The entries were dated 28 September 1942.

The BBC reports that the pages also contain Anne's musings on giving "the talk" to someone else, and reveal that her father had told her what prostitutes were. She kept a diary throughout her time in hiding, and after her death, her father, Otto, published it in 1947.

It's not clear when Frank wrote each portion of the newly discovered text.

But exactly when and exactly why Anne blocked out the pages will likely never be known.

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"I sometimes imagine that someone would come to me and ask me to inform him about sexual subjects, how would I do that?", she wrote. In her diary, she wrote about other jokes that were sexual in nature, discussed her changing body and menstruation, and explored her own budding sexual feelings toward members of the same and opposite sex.

Frank's candid words on sex didn't make it into the first published diary, which appeared in English in 1952.

Anne died during the Holocaust at age 15 in a German concentration camp.

It isn't the first time new material by Frank has been uncovered.

The pages' content had remained unknown for decades because Frank had erased them.

The young Jew, then aged 13, and her family had only been in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam for two months.

"Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile", he said.

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