I have just discovered this fascinating article – Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi?
On reading the article, I am reminded of the story of Schindler’s List, about a factory owner who saved many Jewish lives by having them work for him in humane conditions. It is significant that the article notes that Asperger was never a member of the Nazi Party and that his intention was to save as many autistic children from euthanasia as possible.
The work of this Austrian psychiatrist has only been available in English since the 1990’s, and alone has established the existence of a spectrum of autism causing various difficulties in children and adults. His discoveries with the “little professors” made it possible for high-functioning patients to receive support services instead of simply being shunned by society. Asperger’s daughter still practices as a psychiatrist in Vienna.
I don’t believe for a moment that Asperger consented to the Nazi barbarity and ideology, and only did what was necessary to keep out of a concentration camp or hanging from a meat hook on piano wire or something even more ghastly.