Anne Frank’s Diary Had Two Pages Of Dirty Jokes And ‘Sexual Matters’
Anne Frank is one of the most talked about victims of the Holocaust, mostly due to her heart-wrenching personal accounts of going into hiding to escape Nazi police during the Second World War.
While there were plenty of letters and accounts of the horrific period of time, Anne's is the most familiar account.
The Diary of a Young Girl, written while she was holed up with her family in a tiny Amsterdam apartment, delved into her thoughts and provided an insight of what life was like in those terrifying times.
But while Anne's diary was mostly a mixture of serious reflection and daily rumblings, apparently there was also a bit of dirty humour.
Researchers have used digital technology to scan a few specific pages of Anne's diary which had mysterious brown masking paper glued onto them. No one knew what was written on those pages for 75 years.
Director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Frank van Vree told the Guardian: "Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile. The dirty jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl."
It's believed that the gags were written about three months after her family went into hiding inside the Dutch house. The jokes will soon be uploaded to the Anne Frank Museum website but at the moment it will only be in Dutch.
Another discovery behind the masking paper was writings showing Anne had a good understanding about sex and sexual development.
In one section, the teenager wrote: "I sometimes imagine that someone might come to me and ask me to inform him about sexual matters. How would I go about it?"
According to the New York Times, Frank described sex as 'rhythmical movements' and contraception as 'internal medicament'.
She also touched on prostitution (keep in mind she was just 13 when she wrote this). She wrote: "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together. In Paris they have big houses for that. Papa has been there."
That would be an interesting fact to know about your dad.
She also described periods 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'.
Whether these were things that she read about, issues she was taught by her family, or things she just developed by herself is anyone's guess.
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