Ursula Flicker Archival Collection

Language of Description
1984 - 2019
Level of Description
  • English
  • German
  • Yiddish
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

  • 200 objects including items such as jewellery and personal effects made in secret in the camps. – 100 textile items including uniforms and Jewish stars.– 3,500 original photographs from the period, including treasured photos of family who perished.– 5,500 original documents including letters, postcards, official documents and identity cards.– 250 newspapers from the Holocaust and immediate post-war period.– 550 philatelic and numismatic items including camp and ghetto currency and war medals.– 300 artworks including sculptures, paintings and works on paper, some from the Holocaust period and most created by Holocaust survivors.


The Centre acts as a custodian, preserving original documents, artefacts and memorabilia relating to the Holocaust and the experiences of individuals whose lives were directly affected by these events. As part of the Centre's collection, items donated are professionally catalogued, stored and cared for in environmentally-monitored conditions so that they are preserved for present and future generations. Donated items may be displayed and interpreted in the Museum's exhibitions and public programs, used for research or loaned to other museums and organisations. For more information please see http://www.jhc.org.au/donate-an-item.html

Scope and Content

The Collection includes the Ursula Flicker Archival Collection of thousands of original documents from the Holocaust period, collected by Holocaust survivor, Ursula Flicker, and her dedicated team over a 20-year period. Ursula began volunteering shortly after the Jewish Holocaust Centre opened its doors in 1984 and gradually assumed a leadership role in the Archives Department, given her extensive knowledge of the Holocaust. Her dedication to the task was recognised when she received an Order of Australia Medal for her work at the JHC. The Centre's impressive collection of Holocaust art and sculpture includes works created by adult and child survivors, as well as by descendants of victims and those whose who have used different media to express their emotional, moral and philosophical responses to the Holocaust. At the entrance to the museum is Peter Schipperheyn's "Eternal Flame" and the imposing 6.5 metre (22ft. 6in.) Silicon Bronze sculpture, "Pillars of Witness," by Andrew Rogers, with its 76 panels depicting what is surely the most tragic episode in history.

Archivist Note

Description made by Adina Babeş based on Institution website and finding aids.

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0