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


      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 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
  • Edith Sheffer
  • 26 August 2018
  • 0393609642

10 thoughts on “ Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

  1. says:

    This is the story of how a fuzzy psychiatric diagnosis was given to unfortunate children by doctors who knew they were condemning these children to horrible deaths It s the story of how these children s honest, heartbreaking, willingly given, naive answers to questions posed by their doctors could mean the difference between being allowed to live or condemned to die.It s a story about how killing a child became a completely reasonable way to treat a diagnosis of asocial behavior Sheffer lays This is the story of how a fuzzy psychiatric diagnosis was given to unfortunate children by doctors who knew they were condemning these children to horrible deaths It s the story of how these children s honest, heartbreaking, willingly given, naive answers to questions posed by their doctors could mean the difference between being allowed to live or condemned to die.It s a story about how killing a child became a completely reasonable way to treat a diagnosis of asocial behavior Sheffer lays out a meticulously argued and well documented case that the work of Hans Asperger was grounded in the racial purity ideologies of National Socialism It s a chilling book not only for the documentation of atrocity, but also for the way Sheffer draws correlations to the present how these same prejudices against children who are different continue ...

  2. says:

    Stop BEFORE you attach a label of autism or Asperger s Syndrome to a child yours or anyone else s and READ this book This is one of the most important books I have read in years in how it gives context and meaning to a concept society has accepted as fact When you read the roots and evolution of this diagnosis autistic , your heart will break, your anger will rise and you will be shocked at the flimsy and scant research on which it is based The diagnosis has roots in the Nazi Stop BEFORE you attach a label of autism or Asperger s Syndrome to a child yours or anyone else s and READ this book This is one of the most important books I have read in years in how it gives context and meaning to a concept society has accepted as fact When you read the roots and evolution of this diagnosis autistic , your heart will break, your anger will rise and you will be shocked at the flimsy and scant research on which it is based The diagnosis has roots in the Nazi racial purity movement, which had its own reasons for promoting Gemut, that is, the collective soul within the individual, and exterminating innocent children who could not be indoctr...

  3. says:

    This book was extremely hard to get through, but well worth it The brutality of the Nazi regime has been well documented, but this was especially hard to read I found it interesting, especially in light of the current administration and the creeping rise of fascism It was disconcerting to see how intertwined fascism was with medicine and psychiatry and how autism and Asperger s work was so tied into and related to the Nazi ideals I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and I m still working This book was extremely hard to get through, but well worth it The brutality of the Nazi regime has been well documented, but this was especially hard to read I found it interesting, especially in light of the current administration and the creeping rise of fascism It was disconcerting to see how intertwined fascism was with medicine and psychiatry and how autism and Asperger s work was so tied into and related to the Naz...

  4. says:

    Being an Aspergian that was diagnosed in the second grade, I felt that this was something that I needed to read I feel that it was important to learn about the namesake for my condition and who Dr Hans Asperger really was I knew that he was an Austrian pediatric psychiatrist that examined patients that showed social awkwardness and how he saw intellectual light in some of these subjects that he referred to as his little professors, but there was also a sense of question with how he Being an Aspergian that was diagnosed in the second grade, I felt that this was something that I needed to read I feel that it was important to learn about the namesake for my condition and who Dr Hans Asperger really was I knew that he was an Austrian pediatric psychiatrist that examined patients that show...

  5. says:

    That hurt.

  6. says:

    The inclusion of Asperger syndrome on the autism spectrum in the 1990s gave hope to many individuals and their loved ones who struggled to make sense of their unique personality and behavioral characteristics Little has been made, though, of the circumstances by which Asperger s was brought to light, and its relation to Nazi eugenics This exhaustively and meticulously researched vol...

  7. says:

    Heavier read than expected as for me as it seemed closer to a textbook resource than a general audience book Very detailed history of the subject which does provide a strong retrospective thought process for the reader of how individuals with disabilities have been treated and current direction...

  8. says:

    Nazis, children killing without mercy, and child psychiatrists applying psychotherapeutic solutions in the desire of creating a perfect state from a master race, what s not to like All that ugly background is necessary in order to understand the context and meaning of the original diagnosis of autism This book d...

  9. says:

    This is one of the most chilling books I ve read The individual stories of suffering, abandonment, fear, and death are heartbreaking, but not the hardest part of the book Even harder is the thought of people setting themselves up to decide whether a child s life is worth living based on their perceived usefulness It is sickening Then to realize that the men who developed and applied those theories and standards to ...

  10. says:

    This is the toughest book review I ve ever written Not since the 7th grade when Mrs Fuller forced me to read a report to our reading class I read a biography of George Washington s portraitist Gilbert Stuart He painted the portrait of Washington you carry in your wallet I confessed I liked the book to a chorus of snickers If you read for enjoyment don t even look at the cover of this book The title Asperger s children is misleading It has little to do with autism If you think of This is the toughest book review I ve ever written Not since the 7th grade when Mrs Fuller forced me to read a report to our reading class I read a biography of George Washington s portraitist Gilbert Stuart He painted the portrait of Washington you carry in your wallet I confessed I liked the book to a chorus of snickers If you read for enjoyment don t even look at the cover of this book The title Asperger s children is misleading It has little to do with autism If you think of Asperger as a child advocate who saved unusual children from Nazi genocide, the kind of guy Spielberg would immortalize in a movie, a fellow Nazi combatant like Schindler, don t read this book This book is a dark cloud with no silver lining In the Germany of today, the author wrote, when a child misbehaves in school, if the teacher is very upset she might say, ...

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