Mystery Pages from Anne Frank’s Diary Revealed

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New technology has allowed researchers to decode two pages of hidden text from Anne Frank’s first diary, reports the Associated Press

Image Source – Peter Dejong/Associated Press

The entry from Frank’s first diary dated 28 September 1942 contained references to dirty jokes and sensitive sexual matters by the then growing teen. 

More specifically, the texts that formed a part of 13-year-old Frank’s diary entries included: five crossed-out phrases, four “dirty” jokes and 33 lines about sex education and prostitution. 

Frank also wrote about menstruation, contraceptions and her exploration on sexual development described using sexual connotations in her red-checked diary.  

Executive Director to the Anne Frank Museum Ronald Leopold thinks that the entries revealed the curiosity of a growing adolescent towards this particular subject. 

“Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way,” he stated in a press release by the Anne Frank House. “They bring us even closer to the girl and to the writer Anne Frank.”

Furthermore, the press release revealed that the covered pages were photographed during a regular check in 2016 and deciphered using image processing technology.

The Anne Frank House tweeted that the uncovered pages 78 and 79 has brought the gifted writer back into the “foreground”. 

Leopold explained that the two pages covered with brown gummed paper by Anne Frank herself could have been an attempt to hide her thoughts from other people sharing the cramped quarters. 

Image Courtesy of Anne Frank House

“She was probably afraid of other people that she was in hiding with,” he said. “Either her father or mother or the other family would discover her diary and read these fragments so probably why she covered them.”   

While Peter de Brujin, a senior researcher on the project speculated that Frank may have concealed the pages as a form of revision for the second, public version of her diary. 

The New York Times detailed the strict safekeeping procedures on Anne Frank’s diaries due to it being easily susceptible to damage. 

Researchers are typically allowed to examine and inspect the condition of Frank’s diaries every 10 years. During the process they try to avoid touching the fragile pages. 

The text was just made online on the Anne Frank House website, you can access it here

 

 

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