15 May 2018

Over 70 years since the publication of the diary the text of two pages, which Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 28 September 1942, has been published for the first time.

Diary of Anne Frank

The Anne Frank House, together with the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History  and the NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, today presents the hidden text on two pages covered up with gummed paper in the first diary of Anne Frank, with its red checked cover. Thanks to new technology the text on the hidden pages has now been made legible.

Anne Frank was thirteen years old when, on 6 July 1942, she went into hiding from the Nazis. She reread her diary entries, made improvements and crossed out words and phrases. In her first diary, with its red checked cover, two whole pages are covered up with brown gummed paper.

The covered pages were photographed during a regular check on the condition of the diaries of Anne Frank in 2016. Thanks to image processing technology the text could be deciphered. The texts that are being published for the first time today do not stand in isolation; they form a part of the diary entries that Anne Frank began on 12 June 1942. The texts that have now been revealed are included in the academic research into the diaries of Anne Frank and her development as a writer that the Anne Frank House has been carrying out together with the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands since 2010.

In his will Otto Frank bequeathed the diaries of his daughter Anne to the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Dutch state. The diaries were given on loan to the Anne Frank House organisation and are permanently exhibited in the Anne Frank House.

Quotes:

Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House:

“Anne Frank writes about sexuality in a disarming way. Like every adolescent she is curious about this subject. She also writes about it on other, uncovered pages. Given the great public and academic interest we have decided, together with the NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History, to publish these texts and share them with the world. They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank.”

Frank van Vree, director of NIOD:

“Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile. The ‘dirty’ jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl.”

Lex Heerma van Voss, director of the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History:

“Anne Frank was an ordinary girl with literary qualities and aspirations, in extreme circumstances. The pages that have been made legible also bear witness to this.”

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