Hans Asperger referred children to Nazi euthanasia program, study claims

The Austrian paediatrician 'actively cooperated'

Hans Asperger, the Austrian paediatrician who pioneered research into autism “actively cooperated” with a Nazi euthanasia program under which disabled children were killed, new academic research alleges.


The article by medical historian Herwig Czech published in the journal Molecular Autism says that Asperger referred severely disabled children to Vienna’s notorious Am Spiegelgrund clinic where almost 800 children died under the Nazi program — many of them by lethal injection or being gassed.

After reviewing archive documents, including Asperger’s personnel files and