“ANNE HAD NO TIME TO BLOSSOM”
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
IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW, I WOULD STILL PLANT A TREE TODAY”
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
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!