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 r Hans Asperger, the pioneer of autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassion...

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Title:Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
Author:Edith Sheffer
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Genres:History
ISBN:0393609642
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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

  • Rachel
    May 15, 2018
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  • Pam Cipkowski
    May 28, 2018
    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...
  • SibylM
    May 20, 2018
    3.5 stars. ...
  • Jaime
    Apr 23, 2018
    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 disconcert...
  • Steve
    Jul 05, 2018
    A very interesting book and tragic as well as how Nazi doctors and psychiatrists helped the Germans eliminate children who had special needs. ...
  • Frank Spencer
    Jul 02, 2018
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  • Jocelyn
    Jun 10, 2018
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  • Leslie Jonsson
    Jun 10, 2018
    Extremely thought provoking book on the creator of the term "Aspergers syndrome, and his connections to the Nazi regime in Europe. ...
  • Kat
    Feb 14, 2018
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  • Nissa
    Jun 10, 2018
    I found this book to be really informative and well-balanced. I won a free kindle version of this book in a goodreads giveaway. ...
  • Christie
    Jul 10, 2018
    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 polic...
  • Agnieszka
    Apr 25, 2018
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  • Erin
    Jul 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Caroline
    Jun 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • Sandra
    Jun 20, 2018
    That hurt. ...
  • Ryan Cupps
    Jul 08, 2018
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  • April
    Jul 11, 2018
    I was expecting more of what happened on a day-to-day basis inside of the Am Spiegelgrund clinic, but instead it was more about the ideology of the time. ...
  • Michelle Hopkins
    May 15, 2018
    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 root...
  • Amy Payne
    Jun 07, 2018
    I received this book compliments of Goodreads in a giveaway. I?ve worked with children on the spectrum for 20+ years so I was interested to read the origins of the Asperger diagnosis. It was a lot to take in. Due to the hideous euthanasia protocol used during the Nazi regime, I could...
  • Tena
    Jun 02, 2018
    I won a kindle version #GoodreadsGiveaway ...
  • Ashley Cox
    Jun 03, 2018
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  • FM
    Jul 14, 2018
    I made myself read this book is the same way I made myself sit through the movie "The Killing Fields": because it's an important story and we should not forget. I honestly had to keep closing this book and walking away from it. It was so very painful to read. There are stories in th...
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    Apr 12, 2018
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  • Winemaster
    Jul 08, 2018
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  • Chihiro Sakurakoji
    Jul 05, 2018
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  • Sharon
    May 20, 2018
    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...
  • Sarah
    Jul 07, 2018
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  • Betsy Del Vecchio
    Jun 16, 2018
    Very well researched and written. A difficult, emotionally devastating read. ...
  • Kathy Belle
    Jul 05, 2018
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  • Calesha
    Jun 10, 2018
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