Asperger shock

HANS Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazis’ euthanasia programme in Austria, according to newly-uncovered documents.

Patient records and documents show that Dr Asperger sent patients to the Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in Vienna, where they were murdered.

Uncovered by Austrian medical historian Herwig Czech, they were reported in the Molecular Autism journal.

An editorial in the journal, written by Cambridge academics, said that Dr Asperger “willingly became a cog in the Nazi killing machine” and “part of the eyes and ears of the Third Reich”.

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