Museums publish two hidden pages from Anne Frank’s diary
Jewish teenager believed to have covered up writings as they contain series of dirty jokes
Anne Frank, the young Jewish diarist who with her family hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam, Netherlands, during the second World War. File photograph: AP/PA
Dutch museums on Tuesday published two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that had previously been hidden behind a layer of sticky brown paper.
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.
The Jewish teenager apparently covered up the pages because she worried that other people in her hideout would read them, as they contain a series of dirty jokes and her thoughts on sex education, said Ronald Leopold, director of Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
“Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile,” said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “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.”
Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in a secret annexe in a house in Amsterdam during the second World War but were discovered in 1944.
She died aged 15 at Bergen-Belson concentration camp in 1945. Her diary was published two years later and has been read worldwide and translated into at least 60 languages. – Reuters/AP