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Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

Hans Asperger, the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassionate defense of children with disabilities. But in this groundbreaking book, prize-winning historian Edith Sheffer exposes that Asperger was not only involved in the racial policies of Hitlers Third Reich, he was complicit in the murder of children.As the Nazi regime slaughtered millions across Europe during World War Two, it sorted people according to race, religion, behavior, and physical condition for either treatment or elimination. Nazi psychiatrists targeted children with different kinds of mindsespecially those thought to lack social skillsclaiming the Reich had no place for them. Asperger and his colleagues endeavored to mold certain "autistic" children into productive citizens, while transferring others they deemed untreatable to Spiegelgrund, one of the Reichs deadliest child-killing centers.In the first comprehensive history of the links between autism and Nazism, Sheffer uncovers how a diagnosis common today emerged from the atrocities of the Third Reich. With vivid storytelling and wide-ranging research, Aspergers Children will move readers to rethink how societies assess, label, and treat those diagnosed with disabilities....

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ISBN : 9780393609646
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages
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Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna Reviews

  • Steve

    A very interesting book and tragic as well as how Nazi doctors and psychiatrists helped the Germans eliminate children who had special needs.

  • Caroline

    Eye opening book on the history of Dr. Asperger in Nazi Vienna. Disturbing treatment of children and evils of euthanasia. The Autism and Aspergers spectrum was a death sentence. Author reveals so much about how the doctors had no real compassion for children who didn't fit the perfect citizen. Disturbing to know this is where these labels originated from. Won book from Goodreads and Edith Sheffer, thank you!

  • Christie

    Haunting and troubling, especially being the mother of a child with "autistic psychopathy", I found this book to be as informative as it was difficult to stomach. There were many times that I cried as I tried to envision the euthanasia of children, based solely upon nationalistic policy and the concept of Eugenics.