Baer was born in Germany in as a girl, Martha Baer. She became a feminist activist as a young woman and at the beginning of the 20th century, she entered history as the first person to undergo a sex-change operation. Baer was born to a German-Jewish family in Arolsen in central Germany. But later she told his father of a problem.
Christine Jorgensen, a former Army private from the Bronx who underwent surgery and hormone treatments in Denmark in to change from a male to a female, died of cancer yesterday in San Clemente, Calif. She was 62 years old. The San Clemente General Hospital issued a statement saying Miss Jorgensen's death followed a long bout with bladder and lung cancer. In her book, ''Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Biography,'' published in , Miss Jorgensen said she had a normal, happy childhood but on growing up became frustrated by feelings that she was a woman trapped in a man's body. A Sensation in Tabloids. As George Jorgensen, she served as a clerk in the Army.
Christine Jorgensen May 30, — May 3, was an American transgender woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx , New York City. Shortly after graduating from high school in , she was drafted into the U. Army during World War II. After her military service, she attended several schools and worked; it is during this time she learned about sex reassignment surgery.
The first sex-change operation in a transsexual patient, i. The operative technique had already been described in and was perfected after World War II. The discussion of this controversial procedure during a staff meeting in Arnhem Municipal Hospital was published at that time in the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde [Dutch Journal of Medicine] and this resulted in a large number of protesting letters to the editor. Although the operation was carefully planned and proved to be a success, a judicial inquiry was started and questions were even raised in parliament.