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Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

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Stacy Diaz | 16 May, 2018, 05:24

The Jewish teenager apparently covered up the pages because she anxious that other people in her hideout would read them, as they contain a series of dirty jokes and her thoughts on sex education, said Ronald Leopold, director of Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Dutch researchers deciphered the writing on 2 pages of Anne's diary dated September 28, 1942. less than 3 months after she and her family went into hiding from Nazis in an Amsterdam house. It turns out the pages contained four jokes about sex that Anne herself described as "dirty".

The hidden texts were presented by the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the Anne Frank House and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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

"These - literally - uncovered texts bring the inquisitive and in many respects precocious teenager back into the foreground".

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"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", Bruijn told the Times. He said these pages were important because they show Frank's first foray into trying to write in a more literary tone. "They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

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Anne Frank went into hiding in a secret annexe of her father's business on 5 July 1942 - about a month after she received a diary for her 13th birthday.

Ronald Leopold, the museum executive director at Anne Frank House said that Anne Frank, similar to any other teenager, was merely expressing her curiousity about sex.

"That Anne Frank had risqué jokes in her diary speaks to her humanity", Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, told NPR.

The Diary of a Young Girl became one of the world's most widely read books, available in more than 70 languages.

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

Anne died at Bergen-Belsen in Germany in early 1945, aged 15, less than a year after her capture and just before the end of the war.