“Not Straight from Germany: Sexual Publics and Sexual Citizenship since Magnus Hirschfeld” edited by Michael Thomas Taylor, Annette Trimm and Rainer Herrn— Hirschfeld’s Legacy

Taylor, Michael Thomas, Annette Trimm and Rainer Herrn, editors. “Not Straight from Germany: Sexual Publics and Sexual Citizenship since Magnus Hirschfeld”, University of Michigan Press, 2017.

Hirschfeld’s Legacy

Amos Lassen

Magnus Hirschfeld founded his Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin in 1919 as a place of research, political advocacy, counseling, and public education. He had been inspired by the world’s first gay rights organizations and his institute was closely allied with other groups fighting for sexual reform and women’s rights. It was destroyed in 1933 as the first target of the Nazi book burnings. “Not Straight from Germany” examines the legacy and history of the institute through a combination of essays and visual materials. Scholarly essays investigate the ways in which sex became public in early 20th-century Germany and how these contributed to a growing awareness of Hirschfeld’s influence on histories of sexuality. We get a larger perspective on identity politics. This is basically a look at the modes of visual representation that Hirschfeld employed by re-imagining the public visibility of his institute but from a contemporary perspective. We see never-before-published images from Hirschfeld’s institute that challenge ideas and explore collaboration and dialogue as methods of research and activism.

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