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Exhibiting at Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles

Posted in Everyone has a right to blossom, Inspiring Exhibitions
on November 23, 2016
I am delighted to tell you that my painting Anne Had No Time To Blossom…Everyone Has The Right To Blossom” has moved from The Anne Frank House Amsterdam to The Anne Frank Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles.
Anne could see a chestnut tree through the only window that wasn’t blacked out in the attic. In an entry dated Feb. 23, 1944, she wrote,
Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs,
from my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree,
on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver,and at the seagulls and
other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it,
this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.”
 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.
“… 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.

Eva Schloss and I presented this painting to the Anne Frank House Amsterdam on 3rd May 2010 fifty years to the day after Otto Frank opened the house to the public on 3rd May 1960. On August 23rd 2010 the chestnut tree in the painting fell down, and is now no longer, however the painting now exists for all to view

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