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

16 May 2018

During a press conference at the Anne Frank House, a museum now, researchers of the Huygens research institute and the NIOD institute for war, genocide and holocaust studies revealed that they unraveled two hidden taped pages, of which the content could be reproduced thanks to new digital techniques.

The pages were part of one of several diaries penned by the Jewish teenage diarist during her time hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, the city's Anne Frank House wrote in a statement Tuesday. "I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", she wrote-then listed four, along with an imagined lesson on sex education and some information on prostitutes.

The two newly revealed pages were written in Frank's first diary, with a red plaid cover, on September 28, 1942, when she was 13 years old.

On 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. 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. "Papa has been there".

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In the passage on sex, Anne described how a young woman gets her period around age 14, saying that 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".

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

Mr Leopold said it shows how Miss Frank "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about".

The group went into hiding in July 1942, with helpers bringing them food and other essentials.

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"It's a very cautious start to her becoming a writer", he said.

In 1944, the Frank family was discovered, arrested and sent to separate concentration camps.

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

Defending the decision to release the newly-found texts, the foundation said "over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background".

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

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