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, ...
|Title||:||Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna|
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Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna Reviews
To say this book is painful to read is an understatement. But if you've ever wondered to yourself "How did people get to the point where they felt it was okay to judge and exterminate people during World War II?" this book helps answer some of those questions in terms of psychological and social expectations. I now more deeply understand the Reich's fixation on and promotion of the group mindset, and how this obsession with all members of society "wanting to be part of the group" allowed unspeak ...more
Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today’s field of psychiatry and special education.
This work represents a critical missing piece in our current understanding of disability and neurodiversity, namely, by whose standards are we defining these individuals? It should be required reading for all educators and for parents of ch ...more
A very interesting book and tragic as well as how Nazi doctors and psychiatrists helped the Germans eliminate children who had special needs.
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Very well researched and written. A difficult, emotionally devastating read.