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

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

"The "dirty" jokes are classics among growing children".

The Anne Frank House Museum said the Jewish teenager appears to have covered up the pages with brown masking paper because she anxious that other people in her hideout would read them.

The young Jew, then aged 13, and her family had only been in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam for two months.

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 statement said that the pages include four dirty jokes, some crossed out phrases and a text in which Anne Frank imagines herself teaching sexual education.

Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said of the hidden pages, "Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way".

"It's a very cautious start to her becoming a writer", Leopold told the New York Times. In her diary, for example, she addressed entries to a fictional friend named Kitty.

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Otto Frank, the only family member to survive the Holocaust, returned to Amsterdam after the war. Given the great public and academic interest we have decided, together with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, to publish these texts and share them with the world.

The researchers used digital photography techniques to decipher pages that Anne had masked with glued brown paper some time after writing them on September 23, 1942.

In a snippet of the text, she explains how women get their periods around 14 years of age, and said it "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married".

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". He said these pages were important because they show Frank's first foray into trying to write in a more literary tone. "Papa has been there". Her diary was published two years later and has been read worldwide and translated into at least 60 languages.

In August 1944, Nazi soldiers found them and the Frank family were immediately sent to Auschwitz.

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