Researchers have discovered additional content in Anne Frank's World War II diary that includes jokes and candid passages about sex, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Frank penned the two pages on Sept. 28, 1942, less than three months after she and her family began hiding from Nazis in a secret attic during World War II. Until now, the content remained a mystery.
Using digital technology on two pages in Frank’s diary, researchers were able to uncover text hidden behind brown paper the teenage girl pasted over the pages in her notebook in what appears to be an attempt to hide the content.
Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House, told the Times that the newly uncovered pages add “meaning to our understanding of the diary."
The Anne Frank House said the museum would make the pages available on its website, but only in Dutch due to copyright restrictions. It is unclear when the text might be available in English, the Times reports.
Peter de Bruijn, one of the partners in the diary research and a senior researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, said the uncovered text is significant because it shows Frank’s first attempt at writing in a more literary tone.
“She starts with an imaginary person whom she is telling about sex, so she creates a kind of literary environment to write about a subject she’s maybe not comfortable with,” Bruijn told the Times.
“I sometimes imagine that someone might come to me and ask me to inform him about sexual matters,” Frank wrote. “How would I go about it?”
The then-13-year-old attempted to answer the question, addressing an imaginary character while using phrases like “rhythmical movements” to describe sex and “internal medicament” to refer to contraception.
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