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Magnus Hirschfeld: The Einstein of sex who braved Nazi genocide to wage LGBT crusade

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Magnus Hirschfeld: The Einstein of sex who braved Nazi genocide to wage LGBT crusade

Eighty years ago this May, one of the world's greatest pioneering sexologists and gay rights advocates died in exile with little acclaim or mourning, a victim of the unrelenting tide of Nazi persecution. Dr Magnus Hirschfeld was a trail-blazing genius who advanced the understanding of human sexuality and the advocacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights at a time when it was deeply unpopular to do so. That took courage – and determination.

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