Anne Frank's 'dirty' jokes found on diary pages she covered over

Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

"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.

Anne, age 13 at the time, wrote the two pages on September 28, 1942, less than three months after she, her family and another Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex behind a canal-side house in Amsterdam.

Dutch researchers examining her diary have discovered a secret section, replete with dirty jokes and a 13-year-old girl's naive comments about sex.

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

Thanks to modern image processing technology, the writing from 1942 was uncovered, and four "dirty jokes" appeared.

Miss Frank wrote her diary while she and her family went in hiding for more than two years, in a bid to escape from the Nazis during World War II.

Mystery has swirled around the two pages of Anne Frank's diary where brown paper was pasted over the writing. The statement said that the pages include four dirty jokes, some crossed out phrases and a text in which Anne Frank imagines herself teaching sexual education. But today it was revealed what lied behind the covered up pages.


Frank Van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, said the jokes are of the sort that are "classics among growing children".

In the passage on sex, Anne described how a young woman gets her period around 14, saying that it is "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married".

Frank also noted that her father had told her about prostitutes. The passages show how she "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about", he said.

"Like every adolescent she is curious about this subject", said Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, on Tuesday. The first was written in a series of small notebooks, from her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942, until August 1, 1944, and was intended strictly for herself.

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

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.

Her father, Otto Frank managed to survive the Holocaust and published his daughter's diary in 1947, in hopes it would become a revelation to the agony faced by Jews.

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