|Exile in Paris|
|After his world tour (1930-32) 1 , Hirschfeld kept a very safe distance from the ever-increasing threatening political developments in Germany.
In his Paris exile, he saw, in a cinema, shots of the book-burning on Berlin's Opera Square - among which were his own writings.
Hirschfeld actively went on writing and publishing, contributing to several international journals on political and scientific issues and cultivating his international contacts.
On May 10, 1934, a "library of the books burnt in Germany" was inaugurated, with André Gide assuming its presidency. Egon Erwin Kisch, Alfred Kerr and Magnus Hirschfeld delivered the opening addresses 2 .
Shortly afterwards, Hirschfeld and the French physician Edmond Zammert jointly set up the "Institut des sciences sexologiques" 3 , with Zammert 4 in charge of the medical treatment. Hirschfeld made every effort to have the archives and library in Berlin returned, while heading the office of the "World League for Sexual Reform".
On a slightly confident note, Hirschfeld reported as late as March 1935: "With great effort, I have managed, in a roundabout way, to secure part of the Berlin Institute and still hope to have left behind sufficient material to make the saying come true: "And new life shall arise out of the ruins".
To this day, nothing concrete is known about the whereabouts of the Institute's material, pertinent information being very sparse 5 .