Researchers uncover hidden pages in Anne Frank's diary

Researchers uncover hidden pages in Anne Frank's diary

She wrote the recently discovered pages on September 28, 1942 at the age of 13, about three months after the Frank family went into hiding, and later covered them up with brown paper, the Associated Press reports.

The Anne Frank Foundation announced the discovery Tuesday, saying it helps to explain her adolescent interest in sexuality.

The Anne Frank House Museum said the Jewish teenager appears to have covered up the pages with brown masking paper because she anxious that other people in her hideout would read them.

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.

Researchers were at pains to point out that it is not the first time that Frank wrote about sex in her diary.

Frank's candid words on sex didn't make it into the first published diary, which appeared in English in 1952. The passages show how she "creates a fictional situation that makes it easier for her to address the sensitive topics that she writes about", he said.

Brown paper had been used to cover the two pages in Anne's first diary, but digital and image processing technology was used to decipher their contents.

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The Huygens Institute of Netherlands History was also a partner in the project.

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam during World War II.

She also described a young woman getting her period around age 14 as "a sign that she is ripe to have relations with a man but one doesn't do that of course before one is married". 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. She died in 1944 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Her only surviving family member, her father, published her diary in 1947.

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 house where the Franks hid has been turned into museum, making it one of Amsterdam's most visited attractions.

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