Two pages Anne Frank covered with brown masking paper in her now world-famous diary are secret no more, a team of Dutch researchers announced on Tuesday.
Experts from the Anne Frank House museum, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands used digital techniques to uncover the hidden writing.
in a statement. " data-reactid="13">They backlit the pages, took photographs and used an image-processing software to make the text legible. The entry, dated September 28, 1942, contained "five crossed-out phrases, four 'dirty' jokes and 33 lines about sex education and prostitution," the Anne Frank House said in a statement.
While the discovery does not necessarily disclose new information about Anne and her family, it deepens the public understanding of her personality. "The covered pages do not alter our image of Anne. She regularly recorded 'dirty' jokes or dealt with sexuality in her diary," the statement read.
"Over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background. These—literally—uncovered texts bring the inquisitive and in many respects precocious teenager back into the foreground," it added.