Anne Frank's 'Dirty Jokes' Have Been Uncovered From Her Diary

Anne Frank's 'Dirty Jokes' Have Been Uncovered From Her Diary

Five crossed-out phrases, four dirty jokes and 33 lines about sex education and prostitution were included on the two pages of her first diary, according to the Anne Frank House.

A press release published by the Anne Frank House today reveals that new image processing technology finally allowed researchers to read two diary pages that the Holocaust victim had concealed with brown paper.

New imaging techniques have finally allowed researchers to read them.

It's unclear why she made a decision to cover up these specific pages, but she mentions throughout her writings she was anxious about people reading her private thoughts.

The Anne Frank House said the museum would make the pages available on its website, but only in Dutch due to copyright restrictions.

"She starts with an imaginary person whom she is telling about sex, so she creates a kind of literary environment to write about a subject she's maybe not comfortable with", he said.

"Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be..."

He said: "They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank".


In addition to the dirty jokes, she addressed topics like a girl getting her period for the first time, describing it 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". "As mattresses for the soldiers".

Announcing their discovery on Tuesday, the Anne Frank Foundation believes the text helped the teenager express her sexuality.

"The diary of Anne Frank is a world heritage object with great historical value, and this justifies research into it", the institution said.

"Over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background", it said in a statement. She also writes about it on other, uncovered pages.

Anne Frank went into hiding in a secret annexe of her father's business on 5 July 1942 - about a month after she received a diary for her 13th birthday.

It has always been theorised that the young Jewish diarist and her family were discovered by Gestapo officers in 1944 after a tip off from an unknown informant. How they were found after so long in successful hiding remains a mystery.

She died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen camp, along with her sister.

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.

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