Researchers Reveal Anne Frank's 'Dirty' Jokes In Hidden Diary Pages

Researchers uncovered a never-before-seen entry by Anne Frank beneath these pages of brown paper. It's dated September 2

Peter de Bruijn, a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, one of the partners in the research, said that the newly uncovered pages are not significant for their sexual content - because Frank explores similar matters in other parts of the diary, often in even more explicit terms. But today it was revealed what lied behind the covered up pages.

The pages contain four "dirty jokes" and an explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution, the ABC reports, which were covered with gummed pieces of brown paper when the diary was first found - presumably Anne's attempt to hide her risqué writing from her family. Those passages were censored by her father before the diary was first published in 1947 but became available in more recent unabridged editions.

"I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", Anne wrote on 28 September 1942, according to the Anne Frank House.

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 her diary, Anne Frank told vivid impressions of her experiences.

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.

Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House presents two unknown pages of Anne Frank's diary during
Researchers unravel content of unknown pages of diary of Anne Frank

It is not known why she covered up the two pages with brown paper, but several times in her diaries she voices fears that others might pry into her writings.

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".

And about prostitution, she observed, "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together". In Paris they have big houses for that.

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

Anne frequently edited and re-wrote her diary entries during the long months in hiding, especially in 1944 after the Dutch prime minister in exile asked in a radio broadcast that people keep records about life during the occupation. Her father Otto was the only member of the family to survive the war.

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.




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