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A tribute

Jani was an extraordinary woman with whom I had a very special bond that I treasure and deeply appreciate. We managed to forge a friendship that extended beyond the professional sphere and brought us closer, allowing us to share our personal stories without formalities.

 

Ilana Lamstein

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The Legacy of Jani Pietsch:
A Story of Friendship and Commitment

Denk Mal am Ort" - DMAO is a project based in Berlin, Germany, initiated in 2016 by Jani Pietsch, Marie Rolshoven, and Florian Voss. The German expression DMAO, which translates to "Commemorate at the Place," aims to bring to memory the history of Jewish families deported during the Nazi regime, whose homes and apartments were looted and occupied. The project's objective is to preserve the memory of these families and raise awareness about the Holocaust by documenting and commemorating their stories.

A Tribute to Jani Pietsch

“Hasta que no estés en su lugar”, was a project I started in mid-2018 without realizing how enriching the work process would be and that I would meet such wonderful people along the way.

Initially, I began working with Mónica, taking note of the memories and emotional records she had from her childhood and adolescence. However, to construct her story, it was necessary to clarify certain details and seek out others that were essential for the reconstruction of the family plot.

I spent weeks consulting various websites and articles until I came across Jani Pietsch and her daughter Marie Rolshoven through a news article about the Denk Mal am Ort (DMAO) project they were leading in Berlin.

Inspired by the Open Jewish Homes Project by Dutch activist Denise Citroen, Marie Rolshoven, Jani Pietsch, and Florian Voss brought the idea to Germany in 2016.

The purpose of this initiative was to bring to memory the history of deported Jewish families whose houses and apartments were looted and occupied during the Nazi regime, and are now inhabited by other families.

I searched for the project online and reached out to Jani. I introduced myself, explained what I was working on, and asked for suggestions on where to find certain crucial information for the reconstruction of the story.

The response I received from Jani was so incredible that I believe it will be hard to experience something like that again. Jani requested permission, as a historian, to consult the German state archives in search of information about Mónica's family.

This led me to important documentation about Mónica's paternal family, which revealed undeniable facts, dates, and places. I owe this invaluable discovery to Jani, which would have been impossible for me to access from Uruguay.

Jani was an extraordinary woman with whom I had a very special bond that I cherish and appreciate immensely. We managed to forge a friendship that extended beyond the professional realm and allowed us to share our personal stories without formalities.

Unfortunately, fate did not allow me to meet her in person. Sadly, in July 2020, after battling a severe illness, Jani Pietsch departed from this physical plane to transcend.

Simón Macadar, Mónica Wartenberger's grandson, traveled to Germany in September 2019 and communicated with Jani months before her passing. Mónica and I sent her a shawl, which Simón delivered during their brief encounter at her atelier.

A Tribute to Jani Pietsch

 I had the opportunity to ask Jani to send me a photo to include in the book publication. I never imagined that the words accompanying the image would be ones of gratitude and farewell. She told me that her favorite photo among the ones she had sent me was the one taken by her daughter at the summer villa of the renowned Jewish-German impressionist painter Max Liebermann.

Last year, I traveled to Germany as part of a program focused on the historical journey of Jewish life in the country, and I had the opportunity to visit that majestic place full of history, love, and pain. I reconnected with her, with the enjoyment of nature, and perhaps with happier times.

A Tribute to Jani Pietsch

And it was a journey of encounters...

I contacted Marie Rolshoven, and we agreed to meet outside the Jewish Museum in Berlin. When we saw each other, we embraced in a silent hug where Jani's absence was inevitable yet also a presence that bound us beyond words.

Marie is a beautiful and sensitive soul with whom I connected from the moment we met. Together, we honor Jani's legacy, building upon it to create a new bond of affection and genuine human connection. DMAO continues to thrive thanks to her effort and commitment, growing and inviting more people from other German cities to get involved in the project.

And it was a journey of encounters...

I contacted Marie Rolshoven, and we agreed to meet outside the Jewish Museum in Berlin. When we saw each other, we embraced in a silent hug where Jani's absence was inevitable yet also a presence that bound us beyond words.

Marie is a beautiful and sensitive soul with whom I connected from the moment we met. Together, we honor Jani's legacy, building upon it to create a new bond of affection and genuine human connection. DMAO continues to thrive thanks to her effort and commitment, growing and inviting more people from other German cities to get involved in the project.

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This book is also a tribute to the memory of Jani Pietsch and her titanic task of honoring the memory of the Jews murdered in the Shoah.

Ilana Lamstein

 

Links

https://www.denkmalamort.de/english/

http://www.janipietsch.de/index-en.html#work

https://www.marie-rolshoven.com/

https://www.kubin-berlin.com/

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