The following article was written by Matthew Lee on Quora.
In the picture you can see Annelies Marie Frank. Or Anne Frank, for short. Not a lot of people know that she’s bisexual.
Her accidental works – the Diary – although still irrefutably childish and innocent, was still probably the most significant work that gives insight on Jews’ conditions during the Second World War.
And we also get to peer a little bit into a child’s mind growing up and living in such constant fear of being caught just because of something that she and her family cannot control. I have a personal copy and it’s quite heart breaking to know from the first words that she never made it through the war and prosper with what talents she had. I’m sure she would have been a terrific writer if things had been different.
Beside its literary value, not a lot of people know that Anne Frank was bisexual and even wrote it clearly in her Diary, and probably, had they known, people would’ve made her quite an emblem for the LBGTI+ movement going around lately.
She had written some particularly … er, PG-18 words in her Diary on her personal exploration of her body and her sexuality.
However, her father, Otto Heinrich Frank, demanded that it be censored upon publish. Fortunately, though, in recent versions, it has been added back.
The personal copy that I have in English was abridged, I never got to know about the crossed out passage in the original version. While I was reading it in the original, German version on my phone (Germans are much more open to these kind of things, it seems), the passage hit me like a baseball bat to the back of the head once I got to it.
On 6th of January, 1944 – only about 7 months more before the Frank’s family was arrested and sent off to Bergen – Belsen concentration camp, she wrote this at the end of the entry:
Ich weiß, dass ich einmal, als ich abends bei Jacque schlief, mich nicht mehr halten konnte, so neugierig war ich auf ihren Körper, den sie immer vor mir versteckt gehalten und den ich nie gesehen hatte. Ich fragte sie, ob wir als Beweis unserer Freundschaft uns gegenseitig die Brüste befühlen sollten. Jacque lehnte das ab. Ich hatte auch ein schreckliches Bedürfnis, sie zu küssen, und habe das auch getan. Ich gerate jedes Mal in Ekstase, wenn ich eine nackte Frauengestalt sehe, zum Beispiel in dem Buch über Kunstgeschichte eine Venus. Manchmal finde ich das so wunderbar und schön, dass ich an mich halten muss, dass ich die Tränen nicht laufen lasse.
Hätte ich nur eine Freundin!
Rough translation (Pardon, my German is rusty):
I know that one time, while I was sleeping with Jacque in the evening, I could no longer hold myself in. I was very curious about her body, which she had always hidden from me and had never let me see. I asked her whether we could feel each other’s breasts as testament [proof] to our friendship. But Jacque refused. I also had a terrible need to kiss her, which I did. Every time I see a nude female body, such as the statue of Venus in the book on art history, I’m in ecstasy. Sometimes I find it so beautiful that I struggle to hold back my tears.
I wish I had a girlfriend!
(Jacqueline van Maarsen to the left, and Anne to the right).
When I passed by this little section, I was so stumped I have to read it several times before it broke to me what I had just read.
And beside the tiny section on her sexuality, on 6th of Jan., 1944 – the same entry – she also detailed on her awareness of her body entering puberty, and a lot more.
(You know, I have an awkward time writing this since I feel like a total perv, so you go read it on your own).
You never thought she had it in her, did you?
Oh and you might wonder before why such an innocent book was banned in many school’s reading list. Now you know why. A lot of people accidentally bought the unabridged version for their children and made a ginormous fuss about it once they discovered the NSFW entry.
Oh and fun fact, Jacqueline (Jacque) is still alive at age 88 living in Amsterdam, Netherlands – the same place the Frank family had went into hiding almost 7 decades prior.
General Consensus: Historical Shock.