Anne Frank became famous for the diary she wrote while hiding with her family from the Germans during World War II. The diary is one of the best known accounts of the time but over the years we’ve had many revelations about Anne Frank’s Diary. Several years after it was released, Otto Frank confessed that he had removed some part from the diary where Anne spoke about sex, and made criticisms of her mother leading to the ‘Definitive version’ being released.
Today we hear more about the diary, giving further insights into Anne Frank’s character as researchers uncover several more pages that were originally stuck together.
On Tuesday Anne Frank’s house announced that thanks to new scanning techniques, these pages could be read for the first time in 75 years. We assume Anne didn’t want the pages to be read by her family and so she pasted brown pages over the spoiled pages but now they can be read for the first time.
Over the decades #AnneFrank has grown to become the worldwide symbol of the Holocaust, and Anne the girl has increasingly faded into the background. These uncovered texts from her #diary bring the inquisitive and in many respects precocious teenager back into the foreground. pic.twitter.com/DgdXLTs95v
— Anne Frank House (@annefrankhouse) May 15, 2018
The pages give an insight into the precocious and sometimes cheeky teenager Anne Frank was. We already got a taste of this from her writing, but these hidden pages reveal more of Anne’s true self, as a person and teenager rather than as an icon of the Holocaust. The pages contain a multitude of information and much of it might have been considered inappropriate at the time, including talk of prostitutes and dirty jokes.
“I’ll use this spoiled page to write down ‘dirty’ jokes,” Anne Frank wrote in her diary in September 1942, during her first few months in hiding. On the pages she wrote several jokes, and wrote about prostitutes including a reference to her father writing…
“All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together,” she wrote. “In Paris they have big houses for that. Papa has been there.”
She also wrote several jokes and these included
“Do you know why the German Wehrmacht girls are in Holland? As mattresses for the soldiers.”
“A man had a very ugly wife and he didn’t want to have relations with her. One evening he came home and then he saw his friend in bed with his wife, then the man said: `He gets to and I have to!!!”‘
There’s also another joke referring to a man hiding in a cupboard when caught cheating and together they give an insight into the sexual curiosity of Anne Frank, who seems to be on a par with most girls her age.
Of course what as always been most striking about Anne Frank, is that save for the general subject matter, her diary could be written by any teenage girl the world over, back then, or right now. The new pages allow us to feel as though we know Anne a little better, which is fantastic when you consider that her true personality has been somewhat overshadowed by the symbol she has become.
Jazmin Truesdale has been a proud nerd all her life, loving comic books, science fiction, and action movies, but always looking for some positive representation within those entertainment spheres. As one may imagine the worlds of graphic novels and comic books are very straight-white-male-centric, with shallow female characters. and few depictions of non-white women.
Jazmin, with her entrepreneurial mind and passion for cultural diversity, began creating characters she would want to read about and, with the help from an illustrator, her universe was born. It has not been an easy journey- finding an illustrator who knew how to draw Black women’s bodies was one particular hurdle to overcome, however Jazmin’s drive and focus ensured her goal became a reality.
The author, who has sold more than 70 million books during her career claims that her husband, Lawrence Kenyon was lacing her food with poison from 2014 until they split last year. She says the poison left her with clumps of hair falling out, crumbling teeth, tremors and back pain, all unexplained by doctors until tests showed unusually high levels of lithium in her blood.
She claims her husband was helped by his assistant Kerrie Ann Plump and her IT specialist Paco Cavanaugh to carry on the scheme and says that her husband laced her food while Cavanaugh siphoned hundreds of thousands off her bank accounts.
I loved the 1980s books but in a scene reminiscent to the show itself, publishers ChooseCo is suing Netflix for $25 million, or the profits for the episode, claiming that the streaming service infringed on its trademarked format for the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch movie.
This year’s winners have been announced by Poets & Writers, and the well-deserving recipients of the 2019 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award are:
Reginald Dwayne Betts – “for mentoring individuals involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems and for his efforts to reform these systems.”
Reginald Dwayne Betts writes memoirs and poetry. His most recent collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, won the 2016 PEN New England Award in Poetry. While his memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison, is just the beginning of his campaigning to reform the criminal justice system in the UK. He has also made numerous visits to prisons and juvenile detention centres, where he shares his poetry and talks about the power of reading, literacy and mentoring those in incarceration.
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