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

Forensic Experts

Portrait of Felix Abrahamvergrößern
Portrait of Felix Abraham (Perversions sexuelles, Paris, 1931. Abraham edited Hirschfeld’s texts under this title for a French edition)

Felix Abraham, M.D.

Physician, forensic sexologist

In 1929, one year after attaining his doctorate, Abraham took up work at the Institute as an assistant physician, attending to transvestites. From 1929 to 1933, he was head of the sexual forensic department. He was involved in lecturing on sexual sience, reporting on the first surgical genital changes. His specialized field included indictable “sexual offences” as well as infantilism, exhibitionism and flagellantism.

In 1935, he was still working in Berlin, but all traces of him end here.

Portrait of Berndt Götzvergrößern
Portrait of Berndt Götz (Kaiser: Liebeslehre. Berlin 1928, p. XVI)

Berndt Götz, M.D. (born 1891)

Psychiatrist, forensic expert

In 1928, Götz began working at the Institute as a psychiatrist and forensic medical expert, after having been employed at a psychiatric institution in Berlin from 1926 to 1928. In 1929, he left the Institute to become senior physician at the Berlin institution for epileptics, the largest of its kind in Germany.

However, he maintained ties to the Institute because of his interest in sexual science, especially with respect to sexual anthropology publications, on which he collaborated with Hirschfeld.

In 1933, Götz was dismissed by the Nazis since he was a Jew. He was imprisoned for a short time for communist activities and emigrated to Palestine in 1934. There he worked as a doctor and shoemaker on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv.

Portrait of Otto Juliusburger (1929) (ullstein bild)

Otto Juliusburger, M.D.

Psychiatrist, penal reform campaigner and lifestyle reformer

Juliusburger had close ties with the Institute and its head throughout many years of cooperation and shared interests:

Together with Hirschfeld, he drew up expert reports on indictable sexual offences. Like Hirschfeld, he was a member of the “Scientific-humanitarian Committee“ (“Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee”) and of the “League for the Protection of Motherhood” (“Bund für Mutterschutz”). He was also a founding member of the Berlin “Psychoanalytical Association” and a committed campaigner in the “World League for Sexual Reform”.

Juliusburger worked as physician-in-chief in a Berlin mental hospital, a clinic for alcoholics. He was a firm teetotaller.
His world view embraced a biological philosophy of nature.