APRIL 11 2009 15:37h
In her diary, Anne described about discovering her sexuality, which her father thought was inappropriate for publishing.
Who has not heard about Anne Frank? However, some of the most intimate details from the time when she hid at her home at 263 Prinsengracht during World War II as a teenager were just recently revealed.
Her father Otto Frank kept parts of her diary hidden, as he believed they were inappropriate for literature at the time and did not believe in a girl`s journal, according to him.
First published in 1947, revised in 2001
The Diary of Anne Frank was published in 1947. During the 1950s, it was translated to many languages and became a literary hit. However, only a part of Anne`s thoughts, feelings and experiences was published. After the death of Otto Frank, Anne`s manuscript was presented to the National Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam, where its origin was confirmed. It was published in its entirety in 2001.
It was determined that Otto omitted parts from the diary which he believes were inappropriate, even though they are normal and completely healthy thoughts of a teenage girl. Apart from disliking other tenants whom she shared the hideout with, she openly wrote about disagreeing with her mother, as well as her sexuality. The boy she shared her hideout with, Peter van Pels, was of no interest for her initially and she let her sister Margot “have” him. Several years later, in 1944, Anne remembered a night she spent at a girl friend`s house. She wished they would touch each other`s breasts, as a sign of friendship, but the friend turned the proposal down. She desperately wanted to kiss her, which she once did. She also admitted to falling into a trance every time she sees a naked female body.
Lost interest in love because of the war
Anne later revealed her sudden change of heart for Peter. She was happy to have found someone of the opposite sex, because her conquest would not have been as interesting and beautiful if it had been a girl. However, after a while, Anne lost interest in Peter and they grew apart. She thought and wrote more about the war and the desire for something to finally happen, because the turmoil was killing her.
She waited for something, anything to happen, even shooting. Only two months later, her hideout was discovered.