Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

"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. He edited and published her writings in hiding after the war, making Anne Frank one of the world's most famous Holocaust victims.Anne Frank wrote the jokes on September 28, 1942, just three months after the family began their two-year stay at the hiding place.

Five crossed-out phrases, four dirty jokes and 33 lines about sex education and prostitution were included on the two pages of her first diary, according to the Anne Frank House.

Later on, possibly fearing prying eyes or no longer liking what she had written, she covered them over with brown paper, and their content remained a tantalizing mystery for decades. The pages include 4 dirty jokes.

Dutch museums on Tuesday published two pages of Anne Frank's diary that had previously been hidden behind a layer of sticky brown paper. "They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

Experts believe the text revealed more about Miss Frank's as a writer, rather than about her interest in sex. "The "dirty" jokes are classics among growing children", said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands' Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The hidden text was across two pages
The hidden text was across two pages

They photographed the pages, backlit by a flash, and then used image-processing software to decipher the words, which were hard read because they were jumbled up with the writing on the reverse sides of the pages.

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

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".

In 1944, the Frank family was discovered, arrested and sent to separate concentration camps. During her time in hiding, she wrote two versions of the diary. Only Anne Frank's father, Otto, survived the Holocaust. 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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