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Magnus Hirschfeld
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Sex Researcher
    (May 14, 1868-May 14, 1935)
    Born in Kolberg, Germany (now Kolobrzeg, Poland)
    Physician and sexologist
    Founded the Institute for Sexual Research (1919)
    Organized the First Congress for Sexual Reform (1921)
    Wrote 'Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress' (1910), 'Homosexuality of Men and Women' (1922), 'The Sexual History of the World War' (1930) and 'Sex in Human Relationships' (1935)
    Wrote and appeared in the film 'Andres als die Andern' ('Different from the Others,' 1919)
    His film was banned in Germany.
    He was a foot fetishist.
    He believed that homosexuals were inevitably effeminate.
    He wrote about rape, 'Genuine experts on the subject are all agreed that it is extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to deflorate a woman or make her pregnant by the employment of sheer physical force.'
    He was called 'the Einstein of sex.'
    He coined the word 'transvestite.'
    He got 5,000 prominent Germans (including Einstein, Herman Hesse, Rainer Marie Rilke and Thomas Mann) to sign a petition to repeal the law making homosexuality a crime.
    He suffered a skull fracture after being attacked in the street by a gang of right-wing nationalists (1921).
    After the Nazis took power, they attacked the Institute for Sexual Research and burned its books (May 10, 1933).

Credit: C. Fishel


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