Dr. Wolf (Bill) Matsdorf collection
554 digital images, PDF
1 microfilm reel, 35 mm
1 DVD-ROM, 4 3/4 in.
University of Sydney. Archive of Australian Judaica - Fisher Library
From the University of Sydney. Archive of Australian Judaica. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the microfiche in July 2012 via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project.
This collection contains the papers of Wolf (Bill) Matsdorf, a social worker and one of the originators of the Australian Jewish Welfare Society Sheltered Workshop, established in 1955. He was also involved in other activities within the Jewish community including the Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism and the Society for the Rescue of European Jewry. Papers include: documents of the Australian Jewish Welfare Society, the Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Anti-Semitism, the Australia-Israel Society for Cultural Exchange; the Kimberley plan; personal records and papers on trends in deviant behavior among Jewish people in New South Wales, the problems of migrants, prison after-care, the aged and mental health. Includes copies of Matsdorf's previously unpublished work, "No Time to Grow. The Story of the Gros-Breeseners in Australia", numerous journal and newspaper articles as well as 14 photographs of Australian Jewish Welfare Society activities, 4 photographs from the Beth Hatefutsoth Exhibition "Jews on the Land, 1983"; and personal family photographs.
Arranged in the folllowing series: Series 1: Publications on prisons and mental health, 1960-67, Social Services for the aged by Matsdorf 1957, various correspondence on the Kimberley Plan, newspaper clippings; Series 2: The Australian Jewish News (AJN) articles "Can we Help You," Australia and Immigration, study on the postwar Jewish community in Australia; Series 3: Variety of correspondence including Jewish welfare, Nazism, mental health, migrants, article "A New Jerusalem in Australia-the Kimberly Plan," "No Time to Grow. The Story of Gross-Breeseners."
Copyright Holder: University of Sydney. Archive of Australian Judaica - Fisher Library