Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank's Diary

  • Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank's Diary

Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank's Diary

Researchers in the Dutch capital have recovered two pages from one of Anne Frank's diaries that contain passages on sexuality.

Frank also noted that her father had told her about prostitutes.

Mr Leopold added that Anne wrote about the subject elsewhere in diary pages that already have been published.

The Anne Frank House Museum said at a presentation that it, and several Dutch historical institutes, were able to reproduce the lost pages after years of study by shining a light through them and photographing them in high resolution.

He said the jokes "make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl".

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.

Anne, age 13 at the time, wrote the two pages on September 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.

Leopold said the newly deciphered material provides an early example of how Anne "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about". Anne and her family were betrayed and deported to Germany.

Her diary was found after the war and would become one of the most read books in the world. The Anne Frank House said it used new "image processing technology" to decipher the covered pages.The Franks were caught by the Nazis in 1944.

The pages, dated to September 28, 1942, were contained in the red-and-white checkered diary Anne had received for her birthday in June of that year, shortly before they went into hiding. "As mattresses for the soldiers".

Miss Frank wrote her diary while she and her family went in hiding for more than two years, in a bid to escape from the Nazis during World War II.

One joke involves a man who fears his wife is cheating on him. The family went into hiding in July 1942 and remained there, provided with food and other essentials by a close-knit group of helpers, until August 4, 1944, when they were discovered and ultimately deported to Auschwitz. Only Anne Frank's father, Otto, survived the Holocaust.

Anne, who died in a Nazi concentration camp before she turned 16, would have written the passages aged between 13 and 15.