Published:  12:40 AM, 17 May 2018

Anne Frank's dirty jokes uncovered

Anne Frank's dirty jokes uncovered

Two new pages from Anne Frank's diary have been published, containing a handful of dirty jokes and her thoughts on sex. The young Jewish teen's diary, written in hiding from the Nazis, became world-famous when published after her death and at the end of the war.

The hidden pages had been covered with gummed brown paper - apparently to hide her risqué writing from her family. New imaging techniques have finally allowed researchers to read them.The entries were written on 28 September 1942, not long after the 13-year-old Anne went into hiding.

"I'll use this spoiled page to write down 'dirty' jokes", she wrote on a page with a handful of crossed-out phrases - and jotted down four dirty jokes she knew.

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. "Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way," said Ronald Leopold of the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam. "Like every adolescent she is curious about this subject."

The sentiment was echoed by Frank van Vree, director of the Niod institute, which helped decipher the pages from new photographs taken in 2016."Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile," he said.

-BBC

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