Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Forschungsstelle zur Geschichte der Sexualwissenschaft

Wreath laying and exhibition opening

Magnus Hirschfeld’s guestbook 1933-1935


On the occasion of the 150th birthday of Magnus Hirschfeld, the Magnus Hirschfeld Society invites you to a wreath-laying ceremony at the Charlottenburg Memorial, Otto-Suhr-Allee 93, followed by the exhibition opening ‘Magnus HIrschfeld’s guest book 1933-1935’ in the Charlottenburg Town Hall.

In his French exile, Magnus HIrschfeld kept a guest book, which is today part of the collections of the German Literature Archive in Marbach. It is an enlightening cultural-historical document of German exile in France during the first years after the National Socialists took power.
In the exhibition, a small selection of entries in the guestbook will be shown on around 20 panels. The often difficult to read entries were transcribed, foreign language entries were translated. Brief biographical explanations of the persons, their relationship with Hirschfeld and, as far as possible, the situation in which the entry was made, are attached.
A complete edition of the guestbook will be published later by the Magnus Hirschfeld Society based on the extensive research by Dr. Marita Keilson-Lauritz (Bussum, The Netherlands) .
The exhibition will be opened on Monday, May 14, 2018 at around 4.30 pm in the presence of district mayor Reinhard Naumann. At the opening, relatives of Magnus Hirschfeld are expected, who live in Australia, the USA and Italy.

The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the Charlottenburg Town Hall, and runs until June 13, 2018. Research and design were funded by the Aktives Museum Faschismus und Widerstand, the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin and the Hannchen-Mehrzweck-Stiftung.

Magnus Hirschfeld’s Guest Book From Exile

During his exile from 1933-1935, Magnus Hirschfeld maintained a guest book, which wound its way into the Deutsche Literaturarchiv in Marbach