Dutch researchers read 2 covered pages of Anne Frank diary
Anne Frank wrote about sex, prostitution and risque jokes in two HIDDEN pages of her diary covered by brown paper, researchers discover
- Anne Frank wrote about sex and prostitution and made ‘risque jokes’
- This has been revealed on two previously illegible pages from her diary
- Researchers have been able to read pages Frank covered with masking paper
Hidden pages from Anne Frank’s diary, revealing risque jokes and her personal musings on sex and prostitution, have been unveiled by researchers.
The Anne Frank House Museum said the Jewish teenager appears to have covered up the pages with brown masking paper because she worried that other people in her hideout would read them.
By shining a light through the paper and photographing the pages in high resolution, researchers have managed to read the text on two covered up-pages of the diary.
Revelations: Teresien da Silva, left, and Ronald Leopold of the Anne Frank Foundation show a facsimile of the diary with two pages taped off during a press conference in Amsterdam
The Anne Frank Foundation announced the discovery Tuesday, saying it helps to explain her adolescent interest in sexuality.
Anne Frank House museum executive director Ronald Leopold, says that ‘like every adolescent she is curious about this subject [of sex].’
Mr Leopold added that Anne wrote about the subject elsewhere in diary pages that already have been published.
Anne wrote her diary while she and her family spent two years in hiding in an Amsterdam canal-house, in an attempt to avoid Nazi occupiers during World War II.
The Frank family, originally from Frankfurt in Germany, had left for the Netherlands when the Nazis gained control in the 1930s.
Discovery: The text underneath two taped off pages from Anne Frank’s diary reveal risque jokes and an explanation of sex and prostitution
A video shows how two pages taped off with brown masking paper from Anne Frank’s diary being photographed to reveal her writing
Anne Frank wrote her now-famous diary while she and her family hid in a secret annex behind an Amsterdam canal-side house in an attempt to avoid Nazi occupiers during World War II
By 1940, the Nazis had occupied the Netherlands, leaving the family trapped in Amsterdam.
In 1942, the family went into hiding in secret rooms at the back of her father Otto Frank’s office building.
It has always been theorised that the young Jewish diarist and her family were discovered by Gestapo officers in 1944 after a tip off from an unknown informant.
Anne died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp at age 15, shortly before it was liberated by Allied forces in 1945.
Otto Frank, the only family member to survive the Holocaust, returned to Amsterdam after the war.
He was given Anne’s diary, which had been saved by a family friend, and it was published in 1947, leading to her posthumous fame.
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