Institute for Sexual Science (1919-1933)Online-Exhibition by the Magnus-Hirschfeld Society

Treatment and Research Facilities

Radiology department in the Institute for Sexual Science. In 1920 it was located on the second floor at 10 In den Zelten. (Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung, 1928, no. 13, p. 13)

Practice and treatment rooms 1 4 , offices, reading rooms 6 , a library, exhibition rooms 2 3 5 , a lecture hall (see next panel), a ballroom, and a motion picture projection room are scattered throughout the two buildings.

Materials on the struggle against the anti-abortion clause, Article 218. Posters from the Soviet Union are hanging on the wall. (Das Kriminal-Magazin, vol. 1, 1929, no. 5)

The floor plans shown (see previous panel) are from the period after the Institute was pillaged. They were drawn up for renovations by the new occupants, who presumably based their plans on the existing Institute facilities.

It was difficult to determine which rooms belonged to the respective departments of the Institute since the departments were continually restructured. The establishment and continued existence of a department was often tied to the interests and focuses of individual staff members.

Rooms of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee on the first floor of 10 In den Zelten (Institut für Sexualwissenschaft. Das erste Jahr, 1st Institute report)

Aside from the archives management and financial administration offices, it is possible to identify a consistent departmental structure: department for physical sexual ailments, department for psychological sexual ailments, forensics (medical expert reports), eugenics department for mother and child, and department for sexual reform.

Abraham counsels a transvestite (Das Kriminal-Magazin, vol. 1, 1929, no. 5)
Collection of contraceptive devices in the department for sexual reform (Hirschfeld, Geschlechtskunde, Stuttgart, 1930, vol. 4, p. 374)