Published: Wed, May 16, 2018

Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes hidden in Anne Frank's diary

Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes hidden in Anne Frank's diary

"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.

By shining a light through the paper and photographing the pages in high resolution, researchers have managed to read the text on two covered up-pages of the diary.

The pages' content had remained unknown for decades because Frank had erased them. "Papa has been there".

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".

Anne Frank House museum executive director Ronald Leopold, says that "like every adolescent she is curious about this subject", adding that Anne wrote about the subject elsewhere in diary pages that already have been published.


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

Mr Leopold said it shows how Miss Frank "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about".

On July 6, 1942, they retreated into the secret annexe of another home as the Nazis were rounding up Jewish families following their invasion of the Netherlands in 1940.

Researchers were at pains to point out that it is not the first time that Frank wrote about sex in her diary. 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. She had no idea she would one day become one of the Holocaust's most famous symbols. Anne died at Bergen-Belsen in Germany in early 1945, aged 15, less than a year after her capture and just before the end of the war.

In her diary, Anne chronicled her life in hiding until August 1944, when her family was most likely betrayed and sent to Nazi concentration camps.

The Anne Frank House, a museum located in Frank's former hiding place, did not quote directly from the text it had recovered.

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