Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

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"I'll use this spoiled page to write down "dirty" jokes", she wrote-then listed four, along with an imagined lesson on sex education and some information on prostitutes. He edited and published her writings in hiding after the war, making Anne Frank one of the world's most famous Holocaust victims.Anne Frank wrote the jokes on September 28, 1942, just three months after the family began their two-year stay at the hiding place.

Cooped up in an attic for months on end, Anne Frank jotted down some of her observations about life in her diary.

"They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank", Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House museum, said Tuesday.

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It is not known why she covered up the two pages with brown paper, but several times in her diaries she voices fears that others might pry into her writings.

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. "The "dirty" jokes are classics among growing children", said Frank van Vree, director of NIOD.

"It's a very cautious start to her becoming a writer", he said.

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Frank's candid words on sex didn't make it into the first published diary, which appeared in English in 1952.

In a snippet of the text, she explains how women get their periods around 14 years of age, and said it "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married". "Papa has been there".

She had been in a hidden annexe for two months, hiding from the Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam with her family and another Jewish family. 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. After two years, they were discovered and sent to Nazi concentration camps, where Anne died of typhoid in 1945.

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Anne's father was the only member of the Frank family to survive. She might have hidden these two original pages because she anxious that the other seven people in the annex would read her diary.

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