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 Hitler s 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 minds especially those thought to lack social skills claiming 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 Reich s 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, Asperger s Children will move readers to rethink how societies assess, label, and treat those diagnosed with disabilities. Download Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna – tbjewellers.co.uk
Edith Sheffer is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley Her current book, Asperger s Children The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna W W Norton, 2018 investigates Hans Asperger s creation of the autism diagnosis in the Third Reich, examining Nazi psychiatry s emphasis on social spirit and Asperger s involvement in the euthanasia program that killed children considered to be disabled Sheffer s prize winning first book, Burned Bridge How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain Oxford University Press, 2011 , challenges the moral myth of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War s central symbol revealing how the Iron Curtain was not simply imposed by Communism, but emerged from the everyday actions of ordinary people Her next book, Hidden Front Switzerland and World War Two, tells an in depth history of a nation whose pivotal role remains unexposed yet was decisive in the course of the Second World War.
- 320 pages
- Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
- Edith Sheffer
- 26 August 2018 Edith Sheffer