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Hirschfeld, Magnus
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Hirschfeld, Magnus

(May 14, 1868, Kolberg [Kołobrzeg, Poland] – May 14, 1935, Nice), German doctor and sexual researcher. Hirschfeld is regarded as the pioneer of sexual research in Germany. One of his achievements was to outline a biological theory of homosexuality and he was a committed advocate of equal social rights for homosexuals. In 1897 he co-founded the Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee (Scientific Humanitarian Committee) for the decriminalization of homosexuality and served as its first chairman until 1929. In 1907 he was an expert witness …

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Hirschfeld, Gerhard, “Hirschfeld, Magnus”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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