Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna, investigates Hans Asperger’s creation of the autism diagnosis in the Third Reich, and is forthcoming in May 2018. It examines Nazi psychiatry’s emphasis on social spirit and Asperger’s involvement in the euthanasia program that killed children considered to be disabled.
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Edith Sheffer is a historian of Germany and central Europe, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sheffer’s prize-winning Burned Bridge: How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain, challenges the moral myth of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War’s central symbol — revealing how the Iron Curtain was not simply imposed by Communism, but emerged from the everyday actions of ordinary people.