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Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank's Diary

16 May 2018

Researchers at The Anne Frank House Museum found two secret pages covered in brown paper, which they believe were sealed by the Jewish teenager out of fear other people in her hideout might read them. 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.

The pages also contain four risqué jokes that the teen herself described as "dirty".

She added a few dozen lines about sex education, imagining she has to give "the talk" to someone else, and mentioning prostitutes - who she wrote elsewhere that her father had told her about.

Peter de Bruijn, one of the partners in the diary research and a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, said the uncovered text is significant because it shows Frank's first attempt at writing in a more literary tone.

Discovery The text underneath two taped off pages from Anne Frank's diary reveal risque jokes and an explanation of sex and prostitution
Discovery The text underneath two taped off pages from Anne Frank's diary reveal risque jokes and an explanation of sex and prostitution

The pages were backlit by a flash and image-processing software helped researchers to make out the words, reported the Associated Press.

The Anne Frank House, a museum located in Frank's former hiding place, did not quote directly from the text it had recovered.

The Anne Frank House addressed moral considerations in deciphering a text that its author did want read.

"She starts with an imaginary person whom she is telling about sex, so she creates a kind of literary environment to write about a subject she's maybe not comfortable with", he said.

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Dutch museums on Tuesday published two pages of Anne Frank's diary that had previously been hidden behind a layer of sticky brown paper.

He said: "They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank".

At the time, Frank was 12 years old and curious about sex and relationships like other children her age.

"Over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background", it said in a statement.

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She lived there with her family and their friends, the Van Pels, until their discovery two years later.

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

After the group was discovered and deported, and Frank perished in Bergen-Belsen, Otto Frank, her father and the only surviving member of the family, edited and published his daughter's writing.

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Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank's Diary