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Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank's Diary

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.

"I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", Anne wrote on 28 September 1942, according to the Anne Frank House.

The humor's a little lost in translation, but one is about German soldiers banging Dutch women, and others are about men catching their wives banging other men. and men with ugly wives.

Anne frequently edited and re-wrote her diary entries during the long months in hiding, especially in 1944 after the Dutch prime minister in exile asked in a radio broadcast that people keep records about life during the occupation.

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. On prostitution, Frank noted that "in Paris they have big houses for that". "Papa has been there".

Frank also noted that her father had told her about prostitutes. "They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl". The Anne Frank House did not release the text itself along with the announcement.

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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.

Researchers from three institutes - the Anne Frank museum, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History - worked together and used digital technology to decipher the passages. She might have hidden these two original pages because she anxious that the other seven people in the annex would read her diary.

"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. And she wrote openly about her menstruation and conversations with van Pels on sex and sexuality.

She died aged 15 at Bergen-Belson concentration camp in 1945.

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.

In addition to the dirty jokes, she addressed topics like a girl getting her period for the first time, describing it as "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married".


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