Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

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

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

Two pages of Anne Frank's wartime diary, which had been covered up with sticky paper, have been made legible for the first time using image processing technology.

Anne wrote her diary while she and her family spent two years in hiding in an Amsterdam canal-house, in an attempt to avoid Nazi occupiers during World War II. "Over eighteen months later she emphasised [sic] the important of good and thorough sex education, and she didn't understand why adults were so secretive about it".

It turns out the pages contained four jokes about sex that Anne herself described as "dirty" and an explanation of women's sexual development, sex, contraception and prostitution.

"Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile", said Frank van Vree, director of the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which participated in the deciphering of the pages.

He said the jokes "make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

One joke involves a man who fears his wife is cheating on him. Later, researchers realized the underlying text was partly visible and modern software could probably decipher it.

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In 1942, the family went into hiding in secret rooms at the back of her father Otto Frank's office building. That the pages existed was already known, but she had pasted the two original diary pages with brownish paper.

In addition to the jokes, Anne summarizes what a period is, describes the mechanics of sex in couched terms, and relays what she has heard of prostitution. "Like every adolescent she is curious about this subject".

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

"She was probably afraid that other people she was hiding with, either her father, her mother or the other family would discover her diary and would read these things", Leopold said.

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

"Anne's diary texts show that she had gleaned information on the subject of sexuality from her parents, especially her father, from her friend Jacqueline and from books", the statement reads.

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