Manfred Baumgardt

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Manfred Baumgardt (* 1947 in Hundelshausen ) is a German historian , political scientist and LGBT activist.

Baumgardt comes from a Catholic working-class family and grew up in Hundelshausen. The father Wilhelm Baumgardt also worked in the Catholic community as an organist, but was a communist.

After completing his business apprenticeship and graduating from high school at the Theodor Litt College in Kassel , Baumgardt studied history at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute and political science at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin. He wrote his diploma thesis with Johannes Agnoli .

Baumgardt initially worked as a high school teacher, but soon became involved in the gay movement for years. Baumgardt has been building up the library and archive on the gay movement in Germany since 1985 and co-founded the gay museum together with Andreas Sternweiler and Wolfgang Theis . He also worked extensively in the Magnus Hirschfeld Society .


  • Manfred Baumgardt, Ralf Dose , Manfred Herzer , Hans-Günter Klein , Ilse Kokula , Gesa Lindemann : Magnus Hirschfeld - life and work. Exhibition catalog . West Berlin: rosa Winkel, 1985 (publication series of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft 3)
    • 2nd ext. Ed. With an afterword by Ralf Dose. Hamburg: von Bockel, 1992. (Series of publications by the Magnus Hirschfeld Society 6)
  • Manfred Baumgardt: It was all in the newspaper. Witzenhausen in the time of terror 1933–1945 . Book on Demand, Hamburg, 2nd edition 2016. ISBN 978-3-7392-2929-4


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