Institut für Sexualwissenschaft

District: Mitte
Address before 1945: In den Zelten 9A-10 / Beethovenstr. 3
Address today: Spreeuferweg, 10557 Berlin

This was the location of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (Institute for Sexual Research). It was founded in 1919 by Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) and served as a research institution, advanced training facility for doctors, and counseling center for sexual minorities. In addition, sexual reform organizations could hold conferences here. Being of Jewish background, Hirschfeld was threatened with murder even before 1933. From 1931 onwards, he worked abroad: in the US, Asia, the Middle East, Switzerland and finally France. Hirschfeld died in Nice in 1935. In the aftermath of the book-burnings on 6 May 1933, the institute was destroyed. A memorial plaque now commemorates the building that once housed the institute. Today, the name of its founder lives on in an embankment (the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Ufer) renamed in his honor as well as in the Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld (Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation) and the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. (Magnus Hirschfeld Society) for research into the history of sexual science.


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