Cindy Lass donates painting

Eva Schlöss and Cindy Lass in front of the painting.
Artist Cindy Lass has donated her painting ‘Anne had No Time to Blossom’ to the Anne Frank House. The painting shows the famous chestnut tree that Anne Frank could see from the attic window of her hiding place. The painting was handed over on 3 May during the events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Anne Frank House as a museum, in the presence of Eva Schlöss-Geiringer, the stepdaughter of Anne’s father, Otto Frank. Cindy Lass and Eva Schlöss are friends, and both live in England.

The Anne Frank House is extremely pleased to receive the painting, which has now been given a prominent place in the organisation’s offices where it can be seen by all employees and visitors.

Beside the painting is a caption by Cindy Lass, which reads: “When I first saw Anne Frank’s tree it looked bare and unwell. It reminds me sadly that 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 the right to blossom. Please enjoy this painting and appreciate our life together and be kind and understanding to all. Love Cindy”



Firstly I would just like to say how honoured and delighted I am to be here on such a memorable day. It’s 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 such an exceptional woman, you are such a inspiration to me with all the good work you still do – I feel truly blessed our paths have crossed. Today we are all making positive history together.

If there are fifty different types of trees in a park, does the universe pick which one gets watered? No, because they all do! If you strip 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 inspite of our differences. Though we are closely linked, we must remember to allow each other our 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 have 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’.

Speech Cindy Lass, 3 May 2010


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