Posted in Art from the Heart, Everyone has a right to blossom
on September 7, 2013


A painting by Cindy Lass – Acrylic on Canvas  4ft x 3ft

Cindy Lass and Anne Schloss presented this paiting to the Anne Frank House on 3rd May 2010 – 50 years after Otto Frank opened the house to the public on 3rd May 1960

On August 23rd 2010 the actual tree in the painting fell down, and is now no longer, however the painting is in the house for all to view, and a sapling from the tree, lives on a UCS in Hampstead – see the full amazing story of this iconic tree below, and how it continues to inspire people to this day.

… And the sun was shining as it’s never shone before in 1944. Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”
Anne Frank , Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank loved this chestnut tree and I have painted it in her memory, humbled to be able to bring the message from Anne’s Diary to the world again today, a message that we all need to keep in our hearts.

As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky and as long as I can enjoy it how can I be sad.”

Anne Frank died aged 15 after hiding from her persecutors for 2 years, enclosed in a secret attic, where this beautiful chestnut tree was her only link with nature. In her all too short life, she realised how hatred of others because of racial differences was the root of so much needless destruction. Alas, Anne was never given time to blossom because she was Jewish, and still today in the world we are confronted by so many children not given time to blossom because of intolerance and violent hatred. I have painted this iconic tree in all its beauty, in the hope that all the children of the world can one day be allowed to blossom.

I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all that suffer”


The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then, and only then, can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity.”

We need to be positive in this world and to be kind to everyone, all shapes, races and sizes.

PLEASE think carefully before judging someone badly, why not show understanding and love instead of anger and hate……Make this world a better place for us all and our children’s children…….Give thought and warmth to how you act to others and I think being aware we will all hug the world and BLOSSOM together. We owe it to humankind.

When I first Saw Anne Frank’s Tree it looked bare and unwell. It reminds me that sadly Anne was never given the opportunity to blossom and grow. I wanted to paint the tree in full bloom to show that we all have a right to blossom.

While the Torah Scroll is being placed in the Ark, the following to ”as of old” is said:
It is a tree of life to those who grasp it; and happy is everyone that upholds it.
Its ways are of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.

Otto Franks favourite quote


How amazing to be so full of hope, he said this after his time in Auschwitz, it is a testament to his continued belief in humanity.

Love and Light
Cindy xx

Emma Thompson and Cindy, with cutting from the original tree and

Cindy’s “ANNE HAD NO TIME TO BLOSSOM” painting.

I had the honour to met Emma Thompson a couple of years ago. What an amazing women, she does so much for charity. Emma was delighted to see my painting of Anne Franks tree. You will see Emma has actually replanted the original tree from a cutting and is growing well. Emma couldn’t be at the tree planting for Anne’s 79th birthday June 12th due to filming.
Thank you Emma for all your support!


Emma Thompson, is cultivating a cutting from Anne Frank’s Tree.



          Marcel Proust.



I cried when I left.
We had been ushered through the small, dark, bleak hideout where Anne Frank had hidden. We had seen the sterile white and grey corridor filled with photos of the concentration camp and video footage of a woman throwing a parcel over the wall to Anne – the last time she had heard from her.
My tears were of anger, frustration and sadness for Anne and her family. Then there was the tree.
I had glimpsed it, as AScreen Shot 2015-10-27 at 09.16.03nne once did, from the attic window. I was also allowed into the garden that lies next to the one where the tree stands. I tried to imagine Anne looking out of the window at the tree, but to my despair was then told she had no window to look out from –  to be seen was just too risky. An occasional peep at night-time was probably all she could be allowed.
I love trees with a passion. I hope that gazing even occasionally at the top of this one would have given her some solace and comfort.
Outside, I was overwhelmed with the number of people queuing outside; the constant flow of people honouring this amazing girl. It is as if even with the horror of what happened, the struggle to survive and the eventual inevitability of Anne and her family’s death, the house serves to remind the world of this piece of human history.
Being female and Jewish, I do identify with Anne. I had the privilege of being brought up in a middle class home in north London, but at school I remember being called a “stinking Jew”. I was only 4ft 9”, but I still stood up for myself. However, to me Anne Frank’s story – and everything the tree symbolises – is not just about being Jewish. The world is sadly still full of racism, intolerance, hatred and anger. For those, like me, who believe in love, spirituality and the prospect of a better world, the tree is about hope. And for the sake of our children, hope must never be allowed to die. I am honoured to have painted the tree that Anne once saw. I hope this painting brings you comfort and hope too.

Video of Cindy Visiting the “Tree” at the Anne Frank House.


I am so touched to have been asked to paint Anne Frank’s tree. Emma Thompson has kindly agreed to the unveiling on June 12th 2008, which would have been Anne’s 79th birthday…
I am hoping the painting of her tree will continue to bring and raise awareness of what Anne, her family and six million others went through.



Cindy Lass and Eva Schloss presented this painting to the Anne Frank House on the 3rd May 2010, 50 years after Otto Frank opened the house to the public 3rd May 1960.
The director from the Anne Frank’s House was so happy with the painting of the tree that Anne wrote about in her diary while hiding from the Nazis, that she sent a sapling from the original tree to Cindy Lass.
Cindy asked if she could plant it in UCS’s grounds so the children could watch it grow and remind them how fortunate they are to have their freedom in this country. It was a very moving morning Eva Schloss, Anne’s step-sister, along side Bee Klugh, co-founder of the Anne Frank’s Trust, both planted the sampling to a violinist playing the sound of Schindler’s list.
Big Thank you to UCS.


Cindy’s Speech; Firstly I would just like to say how honored and delighted I am to be here on such a memorable day. Its such a huge privilege to give the Anne Frank House this painting on its 50th year open to the public. I can only hope its message EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BLOSSOM will live on for future generations to come. Eva, you are an exceptional women: you are such an inspiration to me with all the good work you still do – I feel truly blessed our paths have crossed and today we are all making positive history together.

If there are fifty different trees in a park does the Universe pick which one gets watered? No, because they all do!
If you strip us off our physical looks, beliefs and everything you will find we all have the same HEART pumping to THE SAME BEAT……all over the world.

I believe that the human race is like our Mothers necklace. We are all linked together in spite of our differences. Though we are closely linked, we must remember to allow each other space and our freedom to be. We should marvel at our different cultures and embrace our different views, TOGETHER.

Thank you to all at The Anne Frank House, I know you will enjoy this painting as much as I loved creating it. Sadly Anne and millions of others were NOT given the respect and freedom they deserved. Please let the message live on EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BLOSSOM.


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This is a very special occasion in the life of UCS.

This is not just about a tree. It is about the principles by which we live.

For this tree, through its association with Anne Frank, her story and her family, represents:

hope; a commitment to human tolerance and understanding; and above all, the indomitability of the human spirit.

Those are things that should lie at the heart of any school, I trust and believe that they do indeed lie at the heart of this one. I have many people to thank this morning. I am going to restrict it to just two.

Cindy Lass who’s project this has been and whose combination of generosity and drive has brought it about, and Eva Schloss, who is Anne Frank’s step-sister and who represents those qualities of hope, of tolerance and of inevitability even better than the tree.

It is a great privilege that Eva is here with us this morning and I now ask her to scatter the compost that will mean that the tree is, indeed, planted.

What a wonderful morning! M.P. Nick Taylor made it possible to plant this tree, what should have been Anne Franks 79th birthday, with a plaque too. Emma Thompson was busy filming so could not be there. Delightful Michael Winner did us the honors instead.

From left to right Lara & Elise Wootliff behind Karen Wootliff, infront Oliver & jack Lass,
Bee Klugh, Eva Schloss, behind Nick Paget Brown, Lord Taylor of Warwick ME, Lisa Voice and Nic Careem.


By Pastor Niemueller
Recited by Bertha Klug

Video of “Then they came for me then” recited by Bertha Klug.

Bertha Klug I had the pleasure to meet at The Anne Franks Trust headquarters last week for her 88th birthday. This wonderful, charming lady started the Anne Frank trust at 19 years old. She knew the story and met Otto Frank and wanted to help. There are few people in ones lives that bring such light! WHAT A FANTASTIC WOMEN always helping others, thank you life for letting me met Bee!

Two Videos from the day, a powerful message from pupils and children from UCS School.



Nastasha Marsh and I were invited to the Houses of Parliament, June of that year. Natasha sung beautifully and it was a perfect setting for me to unveil No Time to Blossom. It was a very moving day as all the MPS were there to support awareness to all races. Nic Creem who made the Anne Frank Declaration happen was there. I knew history had and was being made.

The tree and it’s inspiring message live on.

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