Doctor who gave Asperger syndrome its name was kid-killer for Hitler


The Austrian doctor for whom Asperger syndrome is named helped the Nazis kill disabled children during World War II, according to a study published Thursday.

Hans Asperger, a pediatrician who first identified the syndrome in 1944, made good with the Nazis by referring children to one of their notorious euthanasia clinics, Medical University of Vienna medical historian Herwig Czech revealed in the journal Molecular Autism.

Nearly 800 children who didn’t fit into the Third Reich’s criteria of “worthy to live” — meaning they lacked “racial purity” and “hereditary worthiness” — died at the Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna between 1940 and 1945.

Asperger frequently referred disabled children to the clinic, according to previously untouched documents from state archives — including Asperger’s personnel files and patient case records — unearthed by Czech, the Guardian UK reported.

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