Place of Work and Residence
In the old Palais Joachim, the founders of the Institute, Magnus Hirschfeld, Arthur Kronfeld and Friedrich Wertheim, had their chambers and, at the same time, Hirschfeld, his friend, Karl Giese, as well as Kronfeld lived at the Institute. Chambers and private quarters were not strictly separated. On the ground floor, for instance, there was a living-cum-dining-room as well as a small lecture hall. On the first floor, Hirschfeld and Giese had their private rooms which, however, were kept open for parties and smaller social gatherings.
Other co-workers and friends of the Institute – as well as “customary” tenants – also resided at 9a In den Zelten, whose rooms leading to other rooms housed sections of the archives. There were boarding-rooms for visitors to the Institute 6 . The attic storey of number 9a also had rooms for people called to the Institute for expert assessment in criminal court matters. However, descriptions by witnesses of the time differ widely as to the state of affairs at the Institute. Whilst one witness reported of a “strictly isolated” upper storey with “guarded prison cells”, another described the living conditions of the men accused of sexual offences as free and open, with only plainclothes detectives – positioned opposite the building – making sure none of them left the premises.