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Dr. Alexander Zinn

Research associate

Alexander Zinn has been a Research Associate at the Fritz Bauer Institute since 2021. He is currently working on a project on the living conditions of homosexual women and men as well as transgender and intersex people in Frankfurt am Main from 1933 to 1994. He studied sociology, psychology and journalism at the Free University of Berlin and graduated in 1995 with the thesis entitled Die soziale Konstruktion des homosexuellen Nationalsozialisten. After working for many years as a journalist and media spokesperson, Zinn was a doctoral student at the Max Weber Kolleg at the University of Erfurt from 2010 to 2016. In 2017, he completed his doctorate with a thesis on homosexual men under National Socialism. From 2018 to 2020, Zinn was a Research Associate at the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies at the Technical University of Dresden, where he wrote a study on the persecution of homosexuals in Saxony from 1933 to 1968.


Research focal areas

  • History of National Socialism and its aftermath
  • History of the GDR and the early Federal Republic
  • History of homosexualities and gender identities

Selected publications

  • (Ed.), Homosexuelle in Deutschland 1933–1969. Beiträge zu Alltag, Stigmatisierung und Verfolgung, Göttingen 2020.
  • »Aus dem Volkskörper entfernt«? Homosexuelle Männer im Nationalsozialismus, Frankfurt, New York 2018.
  • »Das Glück kam immer zu mir«. Rudolf Brazda – Das Überleben eines Homosexuellen im Dritten Reich, Frankfurt, New York 2011.
Dr. Alexander Zinn

Fritz Bauer Institut
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main