Museums publish two hidden pages from Anne Frank's diary

Dutch researchers read two covered pages of Anne Frank diary    
     The Canadian PressMay. 15 2018 8:30

"Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way. The Anne Frank House on Tuesday revealed that it had managed to read the pages, which a then 13-year-old Anne wrote on September 28, 1942, and subsequently covered over with brown masking paper, keeping the pages" contents a tantalizing mystery for decades.

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.

Anne wrote her diary while she and her family hid for more than two years during World War II.

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.

Mystery has swirled around the two pages of Anne Frank's diary where brown paper was pasted over the writing.

They said Anne Frank possibly wrote the text aged between 13 to 15, before she died in a Nazi concentration camp shortly before her 16th birthday. In her diary, for example, she addressed entries to a fictional friend named Kitty.

Peter de Bruijn, a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, one of the partners in the research, said that the newly uncovered pages are not significant for their sexual content - because Frank explores similar matters in other parts of the diary, often in even more explicit terms.

They photographed the pages, backlit by a flash, and then used image-processing software to decipher the words, which were hard read because they were jumbled up with the writing on the reverse sides of the pages.

Regarding sex, Frank talked about how when a young woman gets her period around the age of 14, it is a "sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married".

As the months in hiding progress, her handwriting gradually matured from the hesitant block letters of a child to the flowing cursive style of an author who is gaining confidence as she hones her writing skills. The Frank family lived in a modest brick building from 1934 in the Dutch capital, after fleeing rising anti-Semitism in neighbouring Germany, until they went into hiding. "Papa has been there". They were betrayed and arrested by the Nazis in August 1944.

He added that the adolescent had also written about the subject in several other pages of her diary, which have already been published. Only Anne Frank's father, Otto, survived the Holocaust.

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