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

  • Bookworm
    Aug 27, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

  • Pam Cipkowski
    May 28, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Edward Sullivan
    Aug 11, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

    Well written, thoroughly researched and documented revelation of Hans Asperberger's background in the Nazi regime and in the killing of children considered "not worthy of life." Horrifying and fascinating. ...

    A chilling examination of Nazi eugenics policy and the practice of exterminating "defective" children. Sheffer's narrative focuses on pediatrcian Hans Asperger who apparently saved the lives of many children in his care but was also complicit in sending many others to their deaths. ...

  • Dan
    Jul 18, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

  • Carole
    Sep 22, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

  • Ruby
    Aug 29, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

    Well written, thoroughly researched and documented revelation of Hans Asperberger's background in the Nazi regime and in the killing of children considered "not worthy of life." Horrifying and fascinating. ...

  • Christie
    Jul 10, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

  • Erin
    Jul 01, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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

    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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

  • Ashley
    Aug 25, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

  • Justlesa Hall
    Jul 25, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

  • Hayden
    Jul 12, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

  • Sandra
    Jun 20, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

  • Theresa Hildebrand
    Aug 29, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

  • Julie Fergusson
    Sep 05, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

    Well written, thoroughly researched and documented revelation of Hans Asperberger's background in the Nazi regime and in the killing of children considered "not worthy of life." Horrifying and fascinating. ...

    A chilling examination of Nazi eugenics policy and the practice of exterminating "defective" children. Sheffer's narrative focuses on pediatrcian Hans Asperger who apparently saved the lives of many children in his care but was also complicit in sending many others to their deaths. ...

    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. ...

    A well written with explanation of the time period and plans of the Thrid Reicht. It is amazing how more people were not punished. This was a hard book to read but important. ...

  • April
    Jul 11, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

    Well written, thoroughly researched and documented revelation of Hans Asperberger's background in the Nazi regime and in the killing of children considered "not worthy of life." Horrifying and fascinating. ...

    A chilling examination of Nazi eugenics policy and the practice of exterminating "defective" children. Sheffer's narrative focuses on pediatrcian Hans Asperger who apparently saved the lives of many children in his care but was also complicit in sending many others to their deaths. ...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

  • Jenn
    Aug 10, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

  • Quratulain
    Sep 09, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

    Well written, thoroughly researched and documented revelation of Hans Asperberger's background in the Nazi regime and in the killing of children considered "not worthy of life." Horrifying and fascinating. ...

    A chilling examination of Nazi eugenics policy and the practice of exterminating "defective" children. Sheffer's narrative focuses on pediatrcian Hans Asperger who apparently saved the lives of many children in his care but was also complicit in sending many others to their deaths. ...

    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. ...

    A well written with explanation of the time period and plans of the Thrid Reicht. It is amazing how more people were not punished. This was a hard book to read but important. ...

    Excellent book. Read Introduction, next read the Epilogue, and then the rest of the book. ...

  • S.D. Curran
    Jul 22, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

  • Melanie
    Oct 14, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    May 31, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

  • FM
    Jul 14, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • sharon jensen
    Sep 03, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...

    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 ...

    This is a deeply disturbing and gripping history of Dr. Asperger and Nazi Vienna. I learned so much from this book about the dark side of human nature and about the history of psychology. As just one takeaway, I won't any longer refer to anyone as having Asperger's; the psychiatrist wh...

    Overall, this book was very well researched and educational. The initial premise of this book is to understand the rise of Aspergers as a result of the Third Reich rule in Vienna. However, a majority of the book instead focuses on the atrocities committed towards disabled children duri...

    Sheffer presents a detailed and thoroughly researched work. She selves in to the dire and deadly perils faced by people with disabilities under the Third Reich and the pervasive influence of Nazi philosophy on today?s field of psychiatry and special education. This work represents a...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I found the book to be interesting, but it was kind of hard to get through and took me a long time to read-mainly because there was a lot of background info, which, while important for the context, I found to...

    I expected this to be more about the history of Asperger and his actions during World War II, but there was a LOT of time devoted to his theories and how they compared to the research and writing of other doctors and psychiatrists. I didn't find these aspects very interesting, and I go...

    This title was misleading as the book was more focused on Nazi Vienna than Hans Asperger or any of the children being placed into the Autism category at that time. Heavy on the Nazi history & details of how children & other impaired persons ended up in death camps, but I did no...

    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...

    Such a fantastic portrayal of the time period. I learned so much not just about Asperger but about other doctors and practices at the time. I wish there had of been more about the woman who coined the term in America, her story seemed to just be a last minute addition. Absolutely love ...

    Well written, thoroughly researched and documented revelation of Hans Asperberger's background in the Nazi regime and in the killing of children considered "not worthy of life." Horrifying and fascinating. ...

    A chilling examination of Nazi eugenics policy and the practice of exterminating "defective" children. Sheffer's narrative focuses on pediatrcian Hans Asperger who apparently saved the lives of many children in his care but was also complicit in sending many others to their deaths. ...

    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. ...

    A well written with explanation of the time period and plans of the Thrid Reicht. It is amazing how more people were not punished. This was a hard book to read but important. ...

    Excellent book. Read Introduction, next read the Epilogue, and then the rest of the book. ...

    Painful but powerful. ...

  • John-Michael Lelievre
    Oct 12, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

  • Sharon
    May 20, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Kip Koelsch
    Jul 22, 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...

    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...

    That hurt. ...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    A detailed look at a genocide enabler I am fascinated by the mind and history, so this book carefully blended both. The rise of autism as a diagnosis has its roots in the interwar period, and Asperger, who initially resisted the diagnosing of children, didn?t just ?happen to get...

    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...

    Gemut, gemut, gemut. The book is a little scattered, but contains lesser known content on historical atrocities in Vienna. ...

    This is, quite possibly, the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it is poorly written, but because of the subject matter. There have been two books that I have read that have reduced me to tears, and this is one of them. Let me just start out by saying, for context, that I w...

    A little more dry and dense than I was expecting. I wish it had been an easier read, because it contains a lot of important information! ...

    The book sounded rather harrowing and sadly relevant for the times: I was aware of the torture, experimentation and abuse Nazis put children through for the sake of "science" but I was not that aware of the background of Hans Asperger. I had no idea of his complicity with the Nazis n...

    3.5 stars: This is difficult but important subject matter--eugenics and its impact on child psychology and psychiatry in Nazi Germany and beyond. But, I'm not sure the discussion was well-served by these treatment. The focus of the work, Hans Asperger appears more of a tenuous thread k...