Once a revered figure who opposed and criticized the Nazi regime’s master-race obsession, Hans Asperger was found to actively support the national-socialist party’s methods of ‘sanitizing’ the population.
Newly-found document shows that Hans Asperger, the psychologist who identified the syndrome named after him, sent ‘mentally-unfit’ children to a Vienna where they were systematically murdered in the name of an abominable ideal.
Hans Asperger Considered One of the Founders of Modern Child Psychology
In a recent paper, Herwig Czech, a medical historian and member of Vienna’s Medical University, states that Hans Asperger, the child psychologist whose World War II studies broadened our understanding of autism, was ‘just another cog’ in the Nazi regime’s murder machine.
The paper, which was recently published in the Molecular Autism journal, shines a different light on Asperger’s personality and academical career.
Widely known as a champion in the fight against Nazi eugenics, new documents, including Asperger’s journal and case files reveal that the man who vehemently refused to join the party sent thousands of ‘mentally unfit’ children to the infamous Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where they would perish.
As Hitler’s offensive move forward, a different type of warfare ravaged the Fatherland – the quest for race purity, an ideal that will ultimately lead to millions of people being slaughtered in death camps and clinics such as Am Spiegelgrund.
Czech’s research reveals that the revered scientists would perform a ‘selection’ of children who might be a burden to the society and, thus, unfit for the master-race.
Some 5,000 children diagnosed with mental conditions were shipped to the Vienna-based clinic where the medical staff would employ various methods to euthanize them. Czech’s paper reveals that the preferred method was administering a sedative overdose, patients being declared dead within a couple of days. In most cases, pneumonia was the cause of death.
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