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AM­S­TER­DAM Re­searchers us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy de­ci­phered the writ­ing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had pasted over with brown mask­ing pa­per, dis­cov­er­ing four naughty jokes and a can­did ex­pla­na­tion of sex, con­tra­cep­tion and pros­ti­tu­tion.

In the pas­sage on sex, Anne de­scribed how a young wo­man gets her pe­riod around age 14, say­ing that it is “a sign that she is ripe to have re­la­tions with a man but one doesn’t do that of course be­fore one is mar­ried.”

Anne, 13 at the time, wrote the pages in 1942, less than three months after her fam­ily went into hid­ing from the Nazis in a se­cret an­nex be­hind a house in Am­s­ter­dam.

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