Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Lynn Classical Drama Club to perform the Diary of Anne Frank

Lynn Classical Drama Club to perform the Diary of Anne Frank

Now, officials from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam haveannounced the discovery of two previously unknown pages of her diary-material that reveals an earthier side of its teenage author.

The 13-year-old scribbled the pages on September 28, 1942 - less than three months after she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in the secret annex of an Amsterdam home.

They said Anne Frank possibly wrote the text aged between 13 to 15, before she died in a Nazi concentration camp shortly before her 16th birthday. But the institution did share some of what it says were 33 lines about sex education and prostitution also on the pages.

"The diary of Anne Frank is a world heritage object with great historical value, and this justifies research into it", the institution said.

"These - literally - uncovered texts bring the inquisitive and in many respects precocious teenager back into the foreground".

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In 2016, the diary was rephotographed by the Anne Frank House and the hidden writing was deciphered.

"That Anne Frank had risqué jokes in her diary speaks to her humanity", Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, told NPR.

Ronald Leopold, the museum executive director at Anne Frank House said that Anne Frank, similar to any other teenager, was merely expressing her curiousity about sex.

"I sometimes imagine that someone might come to me and ask me to inform him about sexual matters", Frank wrote.

"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", he said.

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One of the jokes reads: "Do you know why the German Wehrmacht girls are in the Netherlands?".

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". And she wrote openly about her menstruation and conversations with van Pels on sex and sexuality.

After the group was discovered and deported, and Frank perished in Bergen-Belsen, Otto Frank, her father and the only surviving member of the family, edited and published his daughter's writing.

The Frank family lived in a modest brick building from 1934 in the Dutch capital, after fleeing rising anti-Semitism in neighbouring Germany, until they went into hiding.

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