The Einstein of Sex

Dir. Rosa von Praunheim | 100 min
Narrative Germany 1999
German with English subtitles

Saturday, May 111:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre Pre-sale only*

*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

In 1897, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld—a gay Jewish sexologist based in Berlin—founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, the first LGBTQ+ rights organization in history. Von Praunheim’s film, a mixture of fact and fiction, examines Hirschfeld’s close inner circle of friends and their collective efforts to achieve equal rights for queer people—including the 1919 establishment of the Institute for Sex Research, and their battle to continue their movement despite the rise of the Nazis.

Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Richard Wetzell, Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute.


Screening as part of Kino-Q, a film and discussion series accompanying the exhibition and programs encompassed by “Queer as German Folk”– reflecting on 50 years since the Stonewall uprising, in both Germany and the United States.

Presented with the Goethe-Institut Washington.

Co-presented by Embassy of Germany German Historical Institute Goethe-Institut Washington Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington


Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Richard Wetzell, Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute.

Dr. Richard Wetzell is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC, editor of the GHI’s Bulletin, and an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University. He studied at Swarthmore College (BA) and did his graduate work in European history at Columbia University (MA) and Stanford University (Ph.D). He was a Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America. His publications include Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking the Third Reich (co-edited, 2017), Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany (ed., 2014), and Engineering Society: The Role of the Human and Social Sciences in Modern Societies, 1880-1980 (co-edited, 2012). His main areas of research interest include modern German history, legal history, cultural history, history of science and medicine, history of deviance and social control and history of sexuality.


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