Researchers uncover hidden pages in Anne Frank's diary

Carla Harmon
May 16, 2018

Only two pages of Anne Frank's diary remain unread-or, remained.

The entries were written on 28 September 1942, not long after the 13-year-old Anne went into hiding. "The "dirty" jokes are classics among growing children".

She covered her racy words under a layer of brown paper to hide them from prying eyes.

Brown paper had been used to cover the two pages in Anne's first diary, but digital and image processing technology was used to decipher their contents.

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Announcing their discovery on Tuesday, the Anne Frank Foundation believes the text helped the teenager express her sexuality.

"In Paris they have big houses for that. Papa has been there".

With regards to prostitution, she wrote: All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together.

Frank's inclusion of sexual material in her diaries makes sense-during her 25 months of hiding, she matured from a young girl into a young woman and even conducted a brief romantic relationship with Peter van Pels, a boy who hid with the Frank family.


The pages also contain four risqué jokes that the teen herself described as "dirty". She didn't understand why adults were so secretive about it, said the Anne Frank House.

"These - literally - uncovered texts bring the inquisitive and in many respects precocious teenager back into the foreground".

When Anne Frank was arrested in the "secret annex" she and her family had hidden in between 1942 and 1944, she had to leave her beloved diary behind.

The Frank family lived in a modest brick building from 1934 in the Dutch capital, after fleeing rising anti-Semitism in neighbouring Germany, until they went into hiding. 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. Anne and her sister died in Bergen-Belsen camp.


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.

The Lynn Classical High School Drama Club will perform "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Friday, May 18 and Saturday the 19th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5.

The house where the Franks hid was turned into a museum that is one of Amsterdam's most popular tourist attractions.


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