Researchers find dirty jokes in hidden pages from Anne Frank's diary

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In her diary, Anne chronicled her life in hiding until August 1944, when her family was most likely betrayed and sent to Nazi concentration camps.

The book, with its red-checked cover, was not written with an eye toward publication. It remains unclear, however, when and why she chose to cover those specific pages from prying eyes.

Announcing their discovery on Tuesday, the Anne Frank Foundation believes the text helped the teenager express her sexuality.

Newly uncovered pages from Anne Frank's diary seem to have revealed that her uncle was gay. She didn't understand why adults were so secretive about it, said the Anne Frank House.

Ronald Leopold (L), executive director of the Anne Frank House, presents two unknown pages of Anne Frank's diary, during a press conference on May 15, 2018 in Amsterdam.

The pages are a reminder of how young Anne was when she wrote her diary, said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He calls the jokes Anne Frank wrote down classics. Anne also compiled a list of twelve signs of beauty, assessing the extent to which she lived up to them, and ruminates on how afraid she was the people in hiding would be discovered, and how much support her diary gave her. Thanks to image processing technology the text could be deciphered.

The pages, two of which were discovered, were covered with brown paper after they were written to keep their contents hidden.

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Dutch researchers examining her diary have discovered a secret section, replete with dirty jokes and a 13-year-old girl's naive comments about sex. "As mattresses for the soldiers", read one of the jokes she related.

Imagining that someone might ask her about "sexual matters", Frank tries to provide answers to an imaginary friend. "'How would I go about it?'"

"It's a very cautious start to her becoming a writer", Leopold told the New York Times.

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

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. "Papa has been there". The writings were not unusual for the teen, who had other diary entries about sex and "regularly" recorded dirty jokes, the museum said.

The Anne Frank Foundation became aware of the pages, pages 78 and 79 in the diary, while scanning the manuscripts in 2001.

"The diary of Anne Frank is a world heritage object with great historical value, and this justifies research into it", the museum said. "They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank".

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