“After I came here, when I was just fourteen, I began to think about myself sooner than most girls, and to know that I am a ‘person.’
“Sometimes, when I lie in bed at night, I have a terrible desire to feel my breasts and to listen to the quiet rhythmic beat of my heart.”
Speaking about her best friend Jacqueline van Maarsen, the teenager continued: “I already had these kinds of feelings subconsciously before I came here”.
She added: “I remember that once when I slept with a girl friend I had a strong desire to kiss her, and that I did do so.
“I could not help being terribly inquisitive over her body, for she had always kept it hidden from me.
“I asked her whether, as a proof of our friendship, we should feel one another’s breasts, but she refused.”
Anne added: “I go into ecstasies every time I see the naked figure of a woman, such as Venus, for example.
“It strikes me as so wonderful and exquisite that I have difficulty in stopping the tears rolling down my cheeks.
“If only I had a girl friend!”
On the official Anne Frank website, Jacqueline wrote about her relationship with Anne.
“We had a close relationship and I liked being with her, but she laid a claim on me and I didn’t know how to handle that.”
She continued: “I always had to prove to her that we were ‘best friends’. Her passionate declarations of friendship were too much for me sometimes.
“Then I met up with other friends and she was jealous and unhappy.”
“Years later I read that she had written about this in her diary.
“But before she went into hiding I had been able to tell her where the limits were.
“She accepted this and it only improved our friendship and made it stronger.”