Ursula Flicker Archival Collection

The Jewish Holocaust Centre houses an extensive collection of materials related to the Holocaust, most of which have been donated by local Holocaust survivors. The collection includes original documents, photographs, textiles, craftwork, precious objects and memorabilia about the Holocaust. Only a small portion of this valuable collection is on permanent display in the museum; the rest is housed in temperature-and humidity-controlled storage facilities maintained by trained personnel to ensure their preservation for future generations.


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.

Donating items

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.

The Collection: Archives and Testimonies

To learn more about contributing and item to our collection, see the "Donate and Item" page.


Below are examples of some items in our collection.

Below are examples of some items in our collection