More claims are surfacing about the role of Hans Aspeger with the Nazis and the execution of disabled children. Asperger was elevated to sainthood and proclaimed the father of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman in Neurotribes. Silberman also defended the role of Asperger once reports about war atrocities started to surface. This tainted history is well-known to our readers. For those interested, two years ago I wrote: The Early Nazi History of Autism. Additional information can be found by doing a word search in our main WordPress page on Nazis, Asperger, Silberman or Frankl. In addition, the work of Mr. Silberman was meant to diminish the reputation of Leo Kanner who is seen as a villian opposing Asperger in his book Neurotribes. Kanner in every sense of the word was a hero who saved hundreds of individuals during the War by helping them obtain asylum/citizenship within the United States (see Neurotribe or Diatribe written as a blog in Cortical Chauvinism).
A new article has now been published int he journal Molecular Autism by War Historian Herwig Czech. Since the article may be our of reach to the interested layman, an opinion on the same appeared in the Independent (UK) just a few hours ago. The same can be accessed by clicking the ink provided. The opinion piece was provided by Andrew Griffin. In no uncertain terms the article states that, “Documents uncovered by an Austrian medical historian suggest that Prof Asperger ingratiated himself with the Nazi regime to the extent of participating in its murderous euthanasia programme…It claims that Asperger sent profoundly disabled children who were under his care to the Spiegelgrund clinic, where they were killed An estimated 789 children, many with severe mental problems, were systematically killed at the Vienna clinic, mostly by lethal injection and gassing. Others died from disease and starvation, or were subjected to harsh medical experiments.”