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'Dirty jokes' revealed on mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary

'Dirty jokes' revealed on mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary

The Lynn Classical High School Drama Club will perform "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Friday, May 18 and Saturday the 19th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Anne wrote her diary while in hiding from the Nazis with her family during World War II.

Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, said of the hidden pages, "Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way". They faced hunger, the cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the threat of discovery and death.

Researchers have uncovered two pages of Anne Frank's diary masked over with brown paper that contain jokes and musings about sex, prostitution and contraception.

With new photo-imaging software, researchers at the Anne Frank House, in conjunction with the two other Dutch institutes Leopold mentioned, were able to see through the concealment.

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. The entries were dated 28 September 1942.

"The only element that might be interesting from the point of view about her development as a writer and as a teenager is the fact that she's creating, kind of, fiction" he said.

Five crossed-out phrases, four dirty jokes and 33 lines about sex education and prostitution were included on the two pages of her first diary, according to the Anne Frank House. Like every adolescent she is curious about this subject.

Her father, Otto Frank managed to survive the Holocaust and published his daughter's diary in 1947, in hopes it would become a revelation to the agony faced by Jews.

But exactly when and exactly why Anne blocked out the pages will likely never be known. The Anne Frank House did not release the text itself along with the announcement.

The pages were first discovered in 2016 in her first diary with a red-checked cover.

Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp three months before her 16th birthday, in 1945. It is now considered one of the most important documents to have emerged from the Holocaust, and has been read by millions of people and translated into 60 languages.

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