Sunday, May 6, 2018

MAGNUS HIRSCHFELD'S JAPANESE SEX TOYS
SURVIVED NAZI PLUNDER OF HIS OFFICES



THIS extraordinary chest containing a rare collection of Japanese Harikata sexual aids is one of the few items which survived a raid by Nazis on Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Research.

Hirschfeld's Berlin institute was filled with sexuality-related objects from around the world which formed Hirschfeld's vast collection, along with his large library of sexual research books and documents.

On 6th May 1933, Nazis stormed the institute, ransacking the premises, smashing priceless exhibits, and carting off books to be burned on a bonfire.

But amazingly, this ornate chest was among a very few objects which somehow escaped being plundered.

The chest is on display at a special exhibition in honor of the 150th anniversary of Magnus Hirschfeld's birth entitled THE EROTICISM OF THINGS at the Museum Der Dinge in Berlin. 

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