INDIVIDUAL COLLECTIONS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL RESOURCES


Shelf List 61:   Henry STRICKER
Housing: 23 boxes Period: 1970's-1995

Henry Stricker's large collection of papers was donated to the Archive by his widow Beate Stricker. His papers consist of publications, journals and correspondence concerning the business of B'nai B'rith. He was the President of Sydney Lodge No 1546 for some time. In June 1995 was made an honourary life warder of the South Head and District Synagogue.

His papers consist of twenty five years of B'nai B'rith minutes, ephemera, flyers, memoranda, journals and correspondence.

See Henry Stricker Collection.

Shelf List 62:   Asher JOEL
Housing: 1 box Period: 1955-1998

Sir Asher Joel was a well known community personality and author, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for twenty one years, and recipient of a Papal knighthood in 1995 in recognition of his long-standing involvement with the Catholic Church. He was the first Australian Jew to be honoured in this way. In 1975 he set up the Sir Asher Joel Foundation to assist Macquarie University's ancient history and archaeology students to participate on archaeological digs sponsored by Tel Aviv University. He supported Moriah College ,the Montefiore Jewish Home, Masada College, Yeshiva College as well as a number of other communal, cultural and business organisations. Sir Asher was a Knight Bachelor (Kt conferred in 1971), Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) 1974 (the OBE was conferred in 1956), and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1986. In 1978 he was presented with the the Torch of Learning Award of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Throughout his life he was prominent for his role in public offices for the organisation and supervision of arrangements to celebrate significant events. Acting in a strictly honourary capacity, he organised: the visit of Princess Alexander of Kent (1956); Visit of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson (1966); Pope Paul's Visit to Australia ( 1970); and was Chairman of the Citizens' Committee to organise the Official Opening of the Sydney Opera House (1973). He performed many more public functions.

His papers include: The Cousins. Descendants of Solomon and Caroline Phillips by A.S. Ellis, a mounted certificate from Tel Aviv University, a photo of Sir Asher Joel's "swearing in" as a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly (23/4 1955), and two scrolls of the Declaration of Independance of the State of Israel (1948) in Arabic and Hebrew.

Shelf List 63:   William RUBINSTEIN
Housing: 9 boxes Period:1976-1991

Professor Bill Rubinstein taught at Deakin University (Geelong, Vic) for a number of years in the Department of Sociology, and was a founding member of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies, whose conferences he continues to attend annually. He and his wife Dr Hilary Rubinstein were the authors of a number of important monographs on Australian Jewish history. He now teaches at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and intends returning to Australia in 2012.

His papers include: Correspondence for Australian Academics for Peace in the Middle East, Anti-Defamation correspondence (B'nai B'rith), correspondence relating to the Australian Association for Jewish Studies, papers on the Middle East, Israel, antisemitism, Jews in Australia, statistical materia land anti-zionism. He continues to write prolifically on a number of subjects including British history, Jewish history and varied subjects. See William Rubinstein's Collection

Shelf List 64:   Source: Rabbi Dr Israel PORUSH (OBE)
Housing: 6 boxes plus scrapbook Period: 1943-1988

Rabbi Porush became rabbi of the Great Synagogue in Sydney in 1940. One of the best known Jewish landmarks in Sydney, it is modelled on the tradition of the London Great Synagogue, and has been described as a Cathedral Synagogue, being built to accomodate over 1000 worshippers.

Rabbi Porush was born in Jerusalem, in 1907, of a family which stemmed originally from Lithuania, which can trace its family tree back to the sixteenth century. His thesis on higher algebra gained him a doctorate from Marburg University, Germany, before he went on to serve as a minister at Finchley, London between 1934-1940, during which time he married Bertha Link, a member of a family whose members included a long line of rabbis. On migrating to Australia, he took over the pulpit of the Great Synagogue, Sydney from Rabbi E.M. Levy, a supporter of zionism, whose views were not all accepted by the 'establishement" who went to a Canadian congregation as his contract was not renewed. Rabbi Levy's predecessor was the controversial Rabbi F.L Cohen, once described as "the most intelligent Jew in the colony," and was also a musician, and was minister for more than thirty years.

In 1942, at the height of the World War II, when antisemitism was rife in Europe, Rabbi Porush was instrumental in founding Sydney's Council of Christians and Jews, which remained active from 1942 till about 1948, ceasing operation through lack of support from the Christian churches, but was refounded in 1988. From 1948, Rabbi Porush became president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society , which had been founded by Percy Marks in 1939. He continued as rabbi of the Great Synagogue till 1972, with the arrival of Rabbi Raymond Apple. The latter retired at the end of 2004, and was succeeded in 2005 by Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence. During his time in Sydney, Rabbi Porush also was a lecturer in the Semitic Studies Department of Sydney University. After retirement, he went to live in Melbourne where his advice continued to be highly valued. His papers were donated to the archive by his widow, Mrs Bertha Porush, who lived to celebrate her one hundred and fifth birthday on October 17th (2009) and died in 2010.

Papers: Council of Christians and Jews (1942 -1948); correspondence and articles plus memorabilia, World Conference of Synagogues, Jerusalem, 1968, Russian Jewry, historical notes for an autobiography and contributions to the Encyclopaedia Judaica, notes of sermons at Finchley and in Sydney, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook. the collection includes some letters to E.C.B.MacLaurin, first head of the Semitic Studies Department at Sydney University. See Israel Porush Collection.

Shelf List 65:  Source: Samuel SPITZER
Housing: 1 folder Period: 1996

Sam Spitzer is a Holocaust survivor who lives in Sydney. His papers consist of a number of photocopies of faxed letters and newspaper articles on matters to do with the Sho'ah, including The Rebbe and the Holocaust (AJN 5/7/98) and an article by Yehuda Bauer Judaism After the Holocaust, which is a reworking of an address made at the Conference of the International Federation of Secular and Humanist Jews in Detroit- October 27-30, 1986. He is in the process of endowing a gate at the new Randwick Montefiore Home at the King Street entrance, which will be named the Rosa Robota Gate, in honour of a twenty-three year old Auschitz heroine who was one of three women involved in smuggling in explosives and blowing off the roof of one of the crematoria on 7th October 1944. Subsequently, the Germans destroyed the four other crematoria, thereby saving countless Jewish lives. Rosa was caught and was hanged on 6th January 1945, aged twenty-three, just eleven days before the advancing Soviet Army liberated her camp. Her last words were "'hazak v'amatz': be strong and brave." The reason for the gate is to serve as a counter symbol to the Auschwitz gate which bore the inscription "Arbeit macht frei". Those who walked through that gate were marked for death. He sees those walking through the Rosa Robota gate (and taking up residence in the home) as having their life spans extended and their life styles improved.

Shelf List 66:  Source Leo WATSON
Housing 1 folder Period 1940s -87

Leo Watson (WozaĊĦek), a Holocaust survivor was born in Vienna in the early 1900s and died in Melbourne in 1987. He was in Singapore during WWII, migrated to Australia and worked as a biochemist in St Vincent's hospital, Melbourne. His collection consists of typescripts of his original poems on the Holocaust and a draft for a novel, entitled: The Tribe that got Lost, which also describes these years.

Shelf List 67:  Source: Harry LESLIE
Housing Period: 1940s

Harry Leslie, a long time member of NAJEX (National Association of Jewish Ex- Servicemen) was a prisoner of war in Singapore and Taiwan. He subsequently migrated to Australia, and has presented a typescript of his experiences to the Archive.

Shelf List 68:  Source: Hirsch MUNZ
Housing 6 boxes Period: 1934-1979

Hirsch Munz was born in Lithuania, migrating to Australia in 1927. In the years that followed he took a leading part in Jewish cultural activties. He was one of the founders of the Australian Jewish Historical Society and served in Indonesia as an intelligence officer from 1942-6. Munz, a scientific researcher in the wool industry published a major work, entitled Australian Wool Industry, was a university lecturer, a prolific writer in Yiddish and English, and contributer to literary magazines, as well as a much sought after speaker in Adult Educations groups. Letters include correspondence from Percy Grainger and his wife. He also wrote a book on the early history of the Jews of South Australia and translated Yakob Safir's Un Zeine Nesioth. Travels of Jacob Saphir. A visit to Australia in 1861 (Melbourne, Y.I.V.O.Committee, 1950). from the Yiddish original. His papers reflect these activities. See See Hirsch Munz Collection.

Shelf List 69:   Source: Sam PIZEM
Housing 1 box Period 1973-1977

The late Sam Pizem was born in Tiberias, Israel in 1922, and arrived as a child in Sydney in 1924. He was active in various Jewish youth organisations and an active member of the Board of Management or office holder of the Western Suburbs Synagogue, Newtown for over forty years. His papers detail a dispute about a rabbinic appointment and crisis that came to a head in 1977.

Shelf List 70:  Source: Henry GLANZ
Housing 1 folder Period: 1939-2000

Henry Glanz grew up in Kiel on the Baltic coast of Germany, leaving for England on 1st September 1939. His sister, Gisela (Schacher) arrived in Australia from England at age 20 in 1947. On the day of Kristalnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) on which the Nazis all over Germany sent thousands of Jewish families to their death, their mother Esther sent Henry and Gisela on a boat to escape suspicion. Both children were spared. The collection contains Gisela's eulogy and a short biography and her brother Henry's account of his visit to Kiel in 2000 after 55 years, plus some photos. Giselda died in Sydney a few years ago Henry Glanz's story

Shelf List 71:  Source: Ella KRUG
Housing 1 folder Period: 1900s-2000

Ella Krug is a sculptor and is married to Henry Krug who is prominent in the B'nai B'rith organisation. Her papers and photos mostly concern her uncle Kurt Kaufmann, but also shed light on other family members including A. Kauffmann who was born in Melle, a province of Hanover, Germany in 1827. He arrived in South Australia on one of the old sailing vessels in 1855. Kauffman established himself in business and purchased property including Everett's warehouse in Rundle Street, Adelaide. The folder includes a number of photographs as well as letters and genealogical material on a common ancestor Philip Kauffman, who was born about 1760 in Borgholdzhausen, Westphalia, and died about 1828 in Melle. He married Caroline Sander and had three children whose descendants lived or live in Australia.

Shelf List 72  Source: Lazarus SACHS
Housing 1 folder Period: 1930s-1950

Lazarus Sachs died in 1950. He was the father of Zena Sachs who served many years as a secretary to Professor Julius Stone. She kept a small box containing handwritten documents in Yiddish from her father before giving them to the archive in April 2003. One Yiddish document written by Lazarus Sachs deliniates a Soviet plan for a Jewish settlement in Birrabaijan in the 1930s. Some of the documents are written by others such as another entitled "Hannukah". The documents have been digitalised on to a DCD Rom thanks to a donation from Zina's nephew Gregory Sachs. The documents await expert translation as most are handwritten.

Shelf List 73:   Source: Haim OPPERMANN
Housing 14 boxes Period: 1988-2002

Haim Oppermann is an expert in the Yiddish language, an educator and a former broadcaster with SBS radio. He speaks several languages fluently. His collection reflects his educational work in Jewish Studies and Hebrew as well as his work in broadcasting on Yiddish radio. He continues to educate, teach and to participate in Jewish community life, often being asked to speak at functions. The collection also includes correspondence, a small number of audio and video tapes and newspaper clippings and complements audio material on the beginnings of SBS Yiddish radio donated by Selwyn Pesachowitz. See Haim Oppermannn Collection.

See also Organisational Files (Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Antisemitism)

Lou Jedwab donated the extant records of the Jewish Council to Combat Fascism and Antisemitism to the Archive. Already numerous researchers had consulted the records at his home in Melbourne. He was the secretary of the organisation for a number of years. The main part of his collection which includes publications of the JCFAS has been microfilmed. Norman Rothfield was also involved in the organisation, Judah Waten, the writer and Sam Cohen.

See also Papers of Norman Rothfield which are housed in the Archives Special Collections and Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne.

See also Hirsh Munz Collection for correspondence from Percy Grainger and Mrs Grainger.