He was primarily known as a defender of the rights of paedophiles and an advocate of more liberal legislation on public morality. Early Life Brongersma. Brongersma was born in Haarlem as the son of an ophthalmologist. He studied law at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his degree in
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Both careers were suddenly interrupted in , when he was arrested, tried and convicted for having sexual contacts with a young friend of about 16 or 17 years old born or In those days the age of consent for homosexual contacts was 21, in this was lowered to After 11 months in prison he made a living as a journalist and, from to , he was the director of the Federation for Social Assistance to Problem Families in Haarlem.
Disbarred as a result of his conviction, he was reinstated at the bar in and thereafter carried on a legal practice in Haarlem until his retirement in He was asked by the Labour Party in to become again a member of the Dutch Senate for a second period, which lasted from until his resignation in From until he served as chairman of the Permanent Committee for Justice. He founded the Dr Edward Brongersma Foundation in to receive and preserve his collections of literature and private documents on sexuality and make it available on a confidential basis for responsible research.
After his retirement in , he devoted his time to his publications, the Brongersma Foundation collection of material on juvenile sexuality and to public enlightenment on sexual matters. In April 22, his life was ended with the help of his doctor, Philip Sutorius, via euthanasia. Although he was neither terminally ill nor in any physical pain, he had "lived his life" and believed his life was no longer worth living. This case elicited considerable political and media discussions on the limits of legalised euthanasia in the Netherlands.
His diaries, correspondence, manuscripts and other personal items are currently held at the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam. Scholarly work Dr. Brongersma has authored some books, articles, professional papers, pamphlets, newspaper and magazine articles on law, politics, religion, philosophy, literary subjects, social conditions and sexology. Able to read ten West-European languages, he has written books on the Civil War in Spain , Portugal and the Portuguese, penal law and social problems.
Beginning with his years at the Criminological Institute, he has written extensively in the area of sexology, especially on pornography, pedophilia and the age of consent. His books on this subjects include: Das Verfehmte Geschlecht , Sex en straf , and his two-volume magnum opus Jongensliefde , translated as Loving Boys. From to he served in the editorial board of Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia.
His most important scholarly contributions on boylove in English include: "Sexuality and the law," Journal of the American Institute of Hypnosis 14, no. Obituaries Jan Schuijer in Journal of Homosexuality 37, no.
Early life[ edit ] Brongersma was born in Haarlem as the son of an ophthalmologist. He studied law at the University of Amsterdam — and obtained his degree in From to he was associated with a law firm in Haarlem while working on his doctoral dissertation on the Portuguese constitution of and Portuguese corporatism of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar , whom he much admired at the time. His dissertation, on the subject of the corporative state in Portugal, was published as a book and was reprinted several times. Career[ edit ] After World War II he quickly made a career for himself as a lawyer and politician as well as a prolific writer.