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Anne Frank's 'Dirty Jokes' Have Been Uncovered From Her Diary

Anne Frank's 'Dirty Jokes' Have Been Uncovered From Her Diary

Cooped up in an attic for months on end, Anne Frank jotted down some of her observations about life in her diary.

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

Researchers have published for the first time writing on two pages of Anne Frank's diary which she covered over with brown paper, discovering dirty jokes and a teenager's interest in sex.

In an interview, Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said, "It is really interesting and adds meaning to our understanding of the diary".

"I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", a 13-year-old Anne wrote on a page with crossed-out sentences.

The Anne Frank House Museum said at a presentation that it, and several Dutch historical institutes, were able to reproduce the lost pages after years of study by shining a light through them and photographing them in high resolution.

The 13-year-old scribbled the pages on September 28, 1942 - less than three months after she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in the secret annex of an Amsterdam home. "The "dirty" jokes are classics among growing children".

Researchers have discovered additional content in Anne Frank's World War II diary that includes jokes and candid passages about sex, The New York Times reported Tuesday.




The previously unknown writing was discovered behind brown paper that covers up two pages in Frank's diary.

In a passage on sex, Anne described how a young woman gets her period at 14, saying it's "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married".

And about prostitution, she observed, "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together".

New pages are found in Anne Frank's famous diary. On prostitution, Frank noted that "in Paris they have big houses for that".

During her time in hiding, she wrote two versions of the diary. "They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

Frank and her family hid in a cramped secret annexe above a canal-side warehouse from July 1942 to August 1944, along with four other Jews.

Miss Frank and her sister died in camp, when she was just 15.

Otto Frank, the only family member to survive the Holocaust, returned to Amsterdam after the war.