Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

The two newly revealed pages were written in Frank's first diary, with a red plaid cover, on September 28, 1942, when she was 13 years old. The pages include 4 dirty jokes.

The Anne Frank House Museum said the Jewish teenager appears to have covered up the pages with brown masking paper because she anxious that other people in her hideout would read them.

When Anne Frank was arrested in the "secret annex" she and her family had hidden in between 1942 and 1944, she had to leave her beloved diary behind.

Anne Frank's original diary, from the collection of the Anne Frank House Museum.

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.

However, he said it 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".

Because Frank's diaries are so susceptible to damage, they typically only get inspected once every 10 years and those doing the job avoid touching the pages, according to the New York Times.

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.

At the time, Frank was 12 years old and curious about sex and relationships like other children her age.

Defending the decision to release the newly-found texts, the foundation said "over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background".

"Anne's diary texts show that she had gleaned information on the subject of sexuality from her parents, especially her father, from her friend Jacqueline and from books", the statement reads.

The house where the Franks hid was turned into a museum that is one of Amsterdam's most popular tourist attractions.

Her diary, written during her time in hiding, is one of the most moving testimonies of the war, and more than 30 million copies have been sold.

Otto Frank, the only family member to survive the Holocaust, returned to Amsterdam after the war.

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