Magnus Hirschfeld (14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935), gay, Jew, physician, sexologist, founder of the “Institut für Sexualwissenschaft” (Institute of Sexual Research) in Berlin and co-founder of the first gay movement worldwide Scientific Humanitarian Committee (WhK) has played a central role for the LGBTTIQ* community with his extensive political and scientific work. Based on his research on homosexuality he was able to convince the Berlin Criminal Investigation Department that homosexuality isn’t an “earned vice” instead being “ineradicable”,on which ground he persuaded the police to grant free spaces for homosexuals.
The main cause of the gay movement WhK where Hirschfeld held a leading position was the abolition of Paragraph 175, which made homosexual acts between men a crime. Already a year after its foundation the WhK filed their first petition to abolish the paragraph. Due to the lobbying of various sex reformers the Reichstag commission decided to scrap the paragraph in 1929. Nevertheless, the motion of abolition didn’t reach the Reichstag in time. As the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (NSDAP) came to power the motion completely disappeared.
From Hirschfeld’s 150th birthday on 14.05.2018 until the 100th anniversary of the foundation day of the “Institut für Sexualwissenschaft” in the summer 2019 different Berlin institutions will collaborate to commemorate Hirschfeld’s life and work.
The first dates for the Hirschfeld-jubilees of 2018 and 2019 are fixed, more will follow.
Here are the dates that you should save already:
5-7 April 2018:
Livingstones Kabinet, a Danish theater group, makes a guest appearance with their highly successful revue “The Einstein of Sex” in the former silent movie theater Delphi in Weissensee. Detailed information will follow soon on:
www.magnus-hirschfeld.de and Stummfilmkino Delphi
19 April 2018:
Exhibition „Erotik der Dinge“ (Eroticism of Things) from the research center Kulturgeschichte der Sexualität of the Humboldt University Berlin in Museum der Dinge, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin. The exhibition runs until 27.8.2018. Details will follow soon on:
14 May 2018, 16:00:
Wreath ceremony at the memorial in Charlottenburg, followed by the opening of a travelling exhibition of Magnus Hirschfeld’s guestbook from his French exile in Rathaus Charlottenburg. Details will follow soon on:
14 May 2018, 18:00:
Ceremony on the occasion of Magnus Hirschfeld‘s 150th birthday in Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The event will be organized by the “Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld” with the participation of the “Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft” and the “Freundeskreis des Elberskirchen-Hirschfeld – Queeres Kulturhaus”. Invitations will follow.
29 May 2018, 18:00:
Opening of the special exhibition “Berliner Bibliotheken in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus” (Berlin libraries in the time of National Socialism) in Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz. Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, Am Großen Wannsee 56-58, 14109 Berlin. (Temporary information).
14 July 2018:
Official presentation of the Hirschfeld-stamp (first edition on 12 July 2018). Details will follow soon on:
29.05.2018 from 18:00
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