Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes hidden in Anne Frank's diary

Two unpublished pages of the' diary' of Anne Frank show their curiosity for sex

Two unpublished pages of the' diary' of Anne Frank show their curiosity for sex

The pages were part of one of several diaries penned by the Jewish teenage diarist during her time hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, the city's Anne Frank House wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The pages contain jokes, similar anecdotes also appearing elsewhere in the diary, and Anne's view of sexual education.

Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in a secret annexe in a house in Amsterdam during the second World War but were discovered in 1944.

The Anne Frank House Museum said the Jewish teenager appears to have covered up the pages with brown masking paper because she anxious that other people in her hideout would read them.

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The then-13-year-old attempted to answer the question, addressing an imaginary character while using phrases like "rhythmical movements" to describe sex and "internal medicament" to refer to contraception.

Anne Frank's original diary, from the collection of the Anne Frank House Museum.

Mr Leopold said it shows how Miss Frank "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about".

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

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The deciphering was done by researchers from the Anne Frank museum, the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies and the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History.

Regarding sex, Frank talked about how when a young woman gets her period around the age of 14, 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". "Papa has been there".

After the war, Otto Frank had his daughter's diary published, and it went on to become a symbol of hope and resilience that has been translated into dozens of languages.

Leopold and a senior researcher on the project, Peter de Bruijn, both expressed to the Times the value of the uncovered diary pages for offering more insight into Anne Frank's development as a writer rather than for the content she wrote about. Though Anne herself edited her diary with an eye to publication, the book-released eight years after her death from typhus in theBergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15-contained additional cuts.

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