Spec. Qual. Exam. (Witwatersrand)
Frank Jarrett was born Jarecki in Poland. The family moved to Berlin where the name was changed to Jaretzki. He arrived from Germany to escape Hitler in 1936, changed his name to Jarrett, and brought his mother out a few years later. His father had died in the early 1930's - so was spared the anguish of the Holocaust. He was fortunate to get a ship to South Africa, since many of his people were killed in the Concentration camps.
He could speak about six Languages fluently. In South Africa he did quite a few Government contracts which necessitated his learning to speak Afrikaans.
He was in a partnership JARRETT & JARRETT which was awarded an Award of Merit by the South African Institute of Architects in 1987 for Gold Reef City.
He was a keen tennis player and had a Black Dan in Judo and he was art director for a film called "The Hellions" made in South Africa.
In 1994 he retired to Stockton, California, USA where he died on 22 August 2009. He has two sons, Norman Theodore JARRETT, also and architect, who lives in Los Angeles and is in the process (2013) of building himself a home in Malibu, and Steven who lives in Bishop Stortford, England.
His daughter, Marjorie, who sent us this information, writes books on Genealogy and completed his story in 2012. It has been taken up in Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
A cousin of his, Eve Haas, is very much in the news at present (2013). She wrote a book called "The Secrets of the Notebook" which can be purchased in SA. She has been on "Who do you think you are UK". This is a fascinating true story of her finding out she is related to Royalty and she has received recognition by the Queen of England. Definitely a book to read.
(Marjorie Jarrett 2013)
THIS IS A TRANSLATION OF THE ARTICLES ON THE ARCHITECTS FRANK LUDWIG JARRETT AND HIS FATHER THEODOR JARETZKI, AS THEY APPEAR IN THE NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK:
"DEUTSCHE JUDISCHE ARCHITEKTEN VOR UND NACK 1933" BY DR. ING MYRA WARHAFTIG.
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE JARETZKI HIERARCHIE [sic] OF ARCHITECTS FEATURED IN THE BOOK ARE:
OTHER MEMBERS, NOT FEATURED BUT MENTIONED ARE:
CLAUDE STEVEN JARRETT
FRANZ LUDWIG JARETZKI (FRANK JARRETT)
(Born 1911 Berlin – lives in California)
Frank was born son of the architect Theodor Jaretzki, in Berlin.
He attended the following schools:
Parkschule, Tempelhof, Friedrichs Realgymnasium, Neukoelln, Werner-Siemens Realgymnasium, and qualified at the T.H. Berlin.
He started his own practice at Buggestrasse 19, Steglitz, mainly with divisions of large flats into smaller units, & reconstruction of out-dated or damaged facades of existing buildings. On 8th May 1935 he was refused membership in the Nazi-Institute of architects and prohibited from practicing as an architect. (All Jewish architects got that on the same day).
On the 30th March 1936 Frank left Nazi-Germany and landed in South Africa on the 16th April 1936 in Cape Town. He called that “From Hell to Paradise”. He anglicised his surname to Jarrett. On the 1st of Nov. 1936 he opened his own practice in Johannesburg. Jarrett practiced for nearly six decades during which time he executed 234 building projects.
For the 100th existence of the City of Johannesburg he built GOLD REEF CITY on the land of an old gold mine. It is a re-construction from gold digger times, a living museum, and a famous attraction for Johannesburg.
For these buildings Jarrett received an "Award of Merit" as an example for outstanding Architecture in the form of a Certificate and a Bronze Plaque.
Furthermore Jarrett built 23 Highschools, Primary – and Special schools for trade instruction, Telephone-Post-and Police buildings. Several Hotels, Churches, a Synagogue, Factory complexes, Office buildings and private houses.
In 1973 his son Norman qualified and together they created the partnership of JARRETT & JARRETT, ARCHITECTS.
In 1994 Jarrett retired and decided to do so in California.
In a round-about-way contact between Jarrett and the author was established in 2002. Happy about my book, Frank phoned me and sent me material and important information.
I am very grateful to Frank and his cousin Thomas Jarrett of Epstein.
(A copy of the original letter from the (Nazi-) Institute to all architects prohibiting them to practice, appears on Page 18 of this book)
Ref: Deutche Judische Architekten vor und nacht 1933 : das Lexikon : 500 Biographien. Page 249. 2005, Myra Warhaftig. Published by Dietrich Reimer in Berlin