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Famed autism doctor Hans Asperger assisted in Nazi euthanasia

Apr 19, 2018 by

Pediatrician Hans Asperger (pictured), after whom the condition of Asperger Syndrome was named, actively cooperated with the Nazi regime, a new study has found

Discovery made by Herwig Czech, a historian at the Medical University of Vienna

He studied Asperger’s Nazi-era texts and documents from the Austrian archives

Asperger referred profoundly disabled children to Nazi Am Spiegelgrund clinic

The clinic served the Nazi goal of eugenically engineering a genetically ‘pure’ society through ‘racial hygiene’ and the elimination of lives deemed a burden

The doctor who gave his name to Asperger syndrome sent helpless disabled children to their deaths in a vile euthanasia clinic, a controversial study has revealed.

Dr Hans Asperger, an Austrian psychiatrist, was first to chronicle the condition, a form of high-functioning autism in 1944.

He wrote detailed case notes about child patients suffering from what he called ‘autistic psychopathy’ while working in Vienna under Nazi rule.

The eight years of research, published in the open access journal Molecular Autism, overturns decades of claims that the child psychiatrist was an ‘Oskar Schindler’ figure who saved children from being killed or used in horrific medical experiments.

Now patient groups said the research triggers the question whether it is still acceptable to continue to call the condition after the discredited doctor.

Asperger is believed to have consigned dozens of children to their death at Am Spiegelgrund, a children’s clinic in Vienna’s notorious Steinhof hospital.

The clinic served the Nazi goal of eugenically engineering a genetically ‘pure’ society through ‘racial hygiene’ and the elimination of lives deemed a burden.

Doomed: Herta Schreiber, three, (pictured) died in hospital  - Asperger said the 'child must be an unbearable burden to the mother' 

Doomed: Herta Schreiber, three, (pictured) died in hospital – Asperger said the ‘child must be an unbearable burden to the mother’

Doomed: Herta Schreiber, three, (pictured) died in hospital  – Asperger said the ‘child must be an unbearable burden to the mother’

In Am Spiegelgrund, some 789 children were either given lethal injections or left to starve to death between 1940 and 1945 – and their deaths recorded as ‘pneumonia’, researchers claim.

Dr Herwig Czech, a historian of medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, has analysed previously unseen documents including Dr Asperger’s personnel file and case records of his patients from between 1928 and 1944 which had previously been thought to have been destroyed.

He concludes Asperger referred several ‘profoundly disabled’ children to the Am Spiegelgrund clinic – mostly from being given drug overdoses.

Asperger referred profoundly disabled children to the Am Spiegelgrund clinic, which participated in the Third Reich’s child euthanasia program

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