Mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary reveal dirty jokes

Mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary reveal dirty jokes

Mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary reveal dirty jokes

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The Anne Frank House, a museum located in Frank's former hiding place, did not quote directly from the text it had recovered. The Anne Frank House said it used new "image processing technology" to decipher the covered pages.The Franks were caught by the Nazis in 1944. Those passages were censored by her father before the diary was first published in 1947 but became available in more recent unabridged editions.

The Associated Press reports that Frank van Vree, the director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, commented, "Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile".

The Anne Frank Museum said this was not the only time the teenage girl wrote about sex - mentioning other jokes she had heard the people in her hidden home tell, or the passages about her periods and sexuality. "The "dirty" jokes are classics among growing children".

The jokes were written just two months after the then 13-year-old and her family went into hiding to avoid being captured by the Nazis.

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Peter de Bruijn, one of the partners in the diary research and a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, said the uncovered text is significant because it shows Frank's first attempt at writing in a more literary tone.

She also addressed prostitution, writing, "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together".

Reflections of tourists and canal houses are seen in the window of the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam on April 24, 2013. On prostitution, Frank noted that "in Paris they have big houses for that".

In her diary, she wrote about other jokes that were sexual in nature, discussed her changing body and menstruation, and explored her own budding sexual feelings toward members of the same and opposite sex. "They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

Only Anne's father, Otto Frank, survived the war. 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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