Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes' in her diary

Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes' in her diary

A video shows how two taped off pages from Anne Frank's diary being photographed to reveal her writing during a press conference at The Anne Frank Foundation's office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. "I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", she wrote-then listed four, along with an imagined lesson on sex education and some information on prostitutes.

The Anne Frank House said the museum would make the pages available on its website, but only in Dutch due to copyright restrictions. On prostitution, Frank noted that "in Paris they have big houses for that". Given the great public and academic interest we have decided, together with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, to publish these texts and share them with the world.

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

The researchers used digital photography techniques to decipher pages that Anne had masked with glued brown paper some time after writing them on September 23, 1942.

She also described a young woman getting her period around age 14 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". "Papa has been there".

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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.

Defending the decision to release the newly-found texts, the foundation 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".

In 1942, the family went into hiding in secret rooms at the back of her father Otto Frank's office building. Anne died at Bergen-Belsen in Germany in early 1945, aged 15, less than a year after her capture and just before the end of the war.

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

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