Magnus Hirschfeld and the Institute for Sexual Science


Li Shiu Tong and Magnus Hirschfeld at the fourth conference of the World League for Sexual Reform, 1932 From Wellcome Images, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Magnus Hirschfeld was a groundbreaking researcher into gender and sexuality in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work was dedicated to scientific study with the hope of dispelling stigma around homosexuality.

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Topics in this Podcast: LGBTQIA history, Germany, European history, civil rights, nazis, World War II, 19th century, 20th century, Jewish history