Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

Showing the new pages at Tuesday’s press conference

He said these pages were important because they show Frank's first foray into trying to write in a more literary tone. Others, including matters that usually preoccupy a teenage mind, she kept to herself.

The pages contain four "dirty jokes" and an explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution, the ABC reports, which were covered with gummed pieces of brown paper when the diary was first found - presumably Anne's attempt to hide her risqué writing from her family.

Anne then attempts to explain sex to an imaginary person, using the information she's learnt from her father, a friend and books.

In addition to the jokes, Anne summarizes what a period is, describes the mechanics of sex in couched terms, and relays what she has heard of prostitution.

Frank's inclusion of sexual material in her diaries makes sense-during her 25 months of hiding, she matured from a young girl into a young woman and even conducted a brief romantic relationship with Peter van Pels, a boy who hid with the Frank family.

The Anne Frank House addressed moral considerations in deciphering a text that its author did want read. Because Frank's diaries are so susceptible to damage, they typically only get inspected once every 10 years and those doing the job avoid touching the pages, according to the New York Times.

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On July 6, 1942, they retreated into the secret annex of another home as the Nazis were rounding up Jewish families following their invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. During her time in hiding, she wrote two versions of the diary.

Some months after covering over the first entry "she emphasized the importance of good and thorough sex education, and she didn't understand why adults were so secretive about it", it added.

"I sometimes imagine that someone would come to me and ask me to inform him about sexual subjects, how would I do that?", she wrote.

Defending the decision to release the newly-found texts, the foundation said "over the decades Anne has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background".

The Lynn Classical High School Drama Club will perform "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Friday, May 18 and Saturday the 19th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5. After two years, they were discovered and sent to Nazi concentration camps, where Anne died of typhoid in 1945.

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