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Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank's diary that she had covered over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution.
"Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile," said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. "The 'dirty' jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl."
Anne - Age - Time - Pages - Sept
Anne, age 13 at the time, wrote the two pages on Sept. 28, 1942, less than three months after she, her family and another Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex behind a canal-side house in Amsterdam.
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.
Pages - Jokes - Sex - Anne - Dirty
It turns out the pages contained four jokes about sex that Anne herself described as "dirty" and an explanation of women's sexual development, sex, contraception and prostitution.
"They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank," Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House museum, said Tuesday.
Experts - Anne - Diary - Text - Rest
Experts on Anne's multimillion-selling diary said the newly discovered text, when studied together with the rest of her journal, reveals more about her development as a writer than it does about her interest in sex.
Anne wrote candidly in other parts of her diary about her burgeoning sexuality, her anatomy and her impending period. Those passages were censored by her father before the diary was first published in 1947 but became available in more recent unabridged editions.
Leopold - Material - Example - Anne - Creates
Leopold said the newly deciphered material provides an early example of how Anne "creates...
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