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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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“The strengths of Ohler’s account lie not only in the rich array of rare documents he mines and the archival images he reproduces to accompany the text, but also in his character studies… Ohler effectively captures Hitler’s pathetic dependence on his doctor and the bizarre intimacy of their bond…Blitzed makes for provocative reading.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A revelatory work that considers Hitler’s career in a new light. ‘Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich’ is that rare sort of book whose remarkable insight focuses on a subject that’s been overlooked, even disregarded by historians.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“Blitzed is a fascinating read that provides a new facet to our understanding of the Third Reich.”—Buzzfeed
“It's as breezy and darkly humorous as its title. But don't be fooled by the gallows humor of chapter names like ‘Sieg High’ and ‘High Hitler’: This is a serious and original work of scholarship that dropped jaws around Europe when it was published there last year.” —Mashable
"A juicier story would be hard to find.” —The Week
“Delightfully nuts, in a Gravity’s Rainbow kind of way.”—The New Yorker
“Transforming meticulous research into compelling prose, Ohler delves into the little-known history of drug use in Nazi Germany.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[A] fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.”—The Washington Post
“This heavily researched nonfiction book by a German journalist reports that the drug was widely taken by soldiers, all the way up the ranks to Hitler himself, who received injections of a drug cocktail that also included an opioid.”—Newsday
“The book achieves something nearly impossible: It makes readers look at this well-trodden period in a new way and does it in a readable, inviting format. It also doesn’t preclude future scholarship by professional historians to elaborate on the role of drugs in Nazi Germany.” —Newsweek
“This is Ohler’s first nonfiction book (he’s written three novels) and the first popular book of its kind, filling a gap between specialist academic literature and sensationalist TV documentaries… The book is an impressive work of scholarship, with more than two dozen pages of footnotes and the blessing of esteemed World War Two historians… Ohler offers a compelling explanation for Hitler’s erratic behavior in the final years of the war, and how the biomedical landscape of the time affected the way history unfolded… Ohler’s book makes a powerful case for the centrality of drugs to the Nazi war effort.” —The New Republic
"Explosive ... Ohler describes the chemical ignition of the first assault on the Western front with a novelist's flair." — Rolling Stone
"I had thought nothing could make [Nazis] more horrifying, but that was before I encountered Blitzed. Now I know the only thing more terrifying than the Nazis are the Nazis on meth ... Blitzed is not your typical history book ... It's amazing that biographers haven't focused on the drug angle this rigorously." — Esquire
“This bestseller has promulgated a perspective on Nazi Germany that has not really been widely explored previously and goes a long way toward explaining much on the topic, which we may heretofore have failed to realize.” —New York Journal of Books
“Ohler’s reputation precedes him… [Ohler] brings storytelling vigor to an unexplored corner of Hitlerology… Mordant and casual even in translation, it’s easy to mainline
(with a pinch of salt mixed in).” —New York Magazine, VULTURE
“The author who exposed the hidden history of Nazis on meth.” —Playboy
“In Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, Norman Ohler accomplished a feat that many historians desire, but never quite achieve… the author manages to cover new ground and shed a bright light on a previously dark corner of 20th century history." —The Fix
“A compelling piece of serious scholarship that offers a comprehensive view of drugs in Nazi Germany that professional historians seem to have missed." —Under the Radar (Military.com)
“A fast, compelling read." —Nylon
"Ohler's astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the Second World War ... Blitzed looks set to reframe the way certain aspects of the Third Reich will be viewed in the future." — Guardian
"Blitzed tells the remarkable story of how Nazi Germany slid towards junkie-state status. It is an energetic ... account of an accelerating, modernizing society, an ambitious pharmaceuticals industry, a military machine that was looking for ways to create an unbeatable soldier, and a dictator who couldn't function without fixes from his quack ... It has an uncanny ability to disturb." — Times (UK)
"A huge contribution ... Remarkable." —Antony Beevor, BBC 4 Today
"The picture [Ohler] paints is both a powerful and an extreme one ... Gripping reading." — Times Literary Supplement
"A fascinating, most extraordinary revelation." — BBC World News
“Blitzed tells a deliriously druggy tale of the Third Reich.” — Paris Review
"Absorbing ... Makes the convincing argument that the Nazis' use of chemical stimulants ... played a crucial role in the successes, and failures, of the Third Reich." —Esquire
"An audacious, compelling read." — Stern (Germany)
"Bursting with interesting facts." — Vice
"Very good and extremely interesting — a serious piece of scholarship very well-researched ... There have, of course, been other books that already argued that Hitler was effectively a drug addict at the hands of Dr Morell's pills and injections of amphetamines and other drugs. But Ohler takes the argument, to my mind, further and more convincingly." — Ian Kershaw, author of To Hell and Back and The End
“An intense chronicle of ‘systematic drug abuse’ in Nazi Germany... Written with dramatic flair, this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich.” —Kirkus Starred Review
“[Ohler’s account] makes us look at this densely studied period rather differently." —New York Review of Books
[Ohler] brings storytelling vigor to an unexplored corner of Hitlerology… Mordant and casual even in translation, it’s easy to mainline (with a pinch of salt mixed in).” —New York Magazine (Vulture)
"Ohler offers a compelling explanation for Hitler’s erratic behavior in the final years of the war, and how the biomedical landscape of the time affected the way history unfolded." —The Jewish Book Council
“Ohler paints a picture of the Nazi era that will enthrall World War II history buffs and all non-fiction readers alike.” —Library Journal
"The author who exposed the hidden history of Nazis on Meth." —Playboy
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At the center of the story is Dr. Theodor Morell - a relatively obscure and not that well credentialed doctor - who became Hitler's drug dealer/supplier. Through extensive archival research, Norman Ohler was able to discover records that show Hitler's extensive drug use/abuse and track Morell's records of the kinds of drugs that he was giving Hitler. With the drugs that Morell was giving Hitler, its amazing that he even survived as long as he did.
Parallel to the story of Hitler's drug use, Ohler also shows how the Nazis used drugs to enhance the performance of soldiers. Sleep was the enemy of the soldier in battle. With drugs, the Nazis sought to win that battle and passed out "uppers" to troops on a massive scale.
"The fact was that between the autumn of 1941, when (Hitler) started being given hormone and steroid injections, and the second half of 1944, when first the cocaine and the above all the Eudodal kicked, Hitler hardly enjoyed a sober day." Pharmacology ruled and influenced Hitler and the outcome of the war.
This book is a real page turner that gives a fascinating look into the life of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. Throughout the book, one wonders if history would have been different if this unknown doctor had not used his drugs on Hitler. How many lives could have been saved? What Ohler does not go into is the effect that the use of these drugs had on the hundreds of thousands of soldiers and members of the German population that used these drugs, which were available without a prescription and were widely available during much of the war. Where there long term physiological and physiological effects on those persons? That's a topic for another book and further research but it raises interesting questions.
This was not so much the case in the period of the early 1900s, people were unaware of all these terrible things that came along with hard drug use. This was especially all the more true in the period of 1933 to 1945 in Nazi Germany, and the Third Reich. Norman Ohler who typically writes fiction took his latest book Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich in a complete other direction. In his own words he says “it all begin with the Berlin DJ Alexander Kramer, who told me the Nazis took loads of drugs…” He thought this could make such a great premise for a movie, that a historian who is a friend of his suggested looking into the archives and digging up what he can. He says as soon as the research started he got so excited and could not stop. It was as if Ohler was on some drug of his own, high on excitement, and addicted to learning the facts of what really went on during the Third Reich.
Ohler covers everything in such excruciating detail, from the Nazi foot soldiers, all they way up to the Fuhrer himself. The book starts off just a little ways before the beginning of World War II. Ohler starts by giving you a quick, but extremely factual origin story of many opiates and methamphetamines. Then in no time you are dropped into the world of the Volksdroge, a.k.a methamphetamine, or more quite literally “the peoples drug.” Ohler explains in detail the facilities used to create this drug, how modern, and efficient they were for their time and even today, comparing the meth labs in tiny run down trailers or basements today, The Germans had meth processing almost to perfection, Ohler even makes a joke saying Walter White of Breaking Bad would be jealous of how pure the Germans meth was. Then in page 28 is the first time Pervitin is introduced, and it exploded in Germany. This was the choice drug of the foot soldiers of the Third Reich, this is how the German invasion of Poland and the Blitzkrieg went without a hitch in France. The Wehrmacht were so hopped on this little pill, which is quite literally meth in pill form. “I had ordered you not to sleep of forty-eight hours. You kept going for seventeen days.” said Hanz Guderian the general of the Wehrmacht's Panzer units in the invasion of Poland and France.
Once on page 103 we get to the section of the book titled “High Hitler: Patient A and His Personal Physician.” This section goes from pages 103 to 186 which goes into explicit detail of the drugs the Fuhrer had been given by his personal physician, Theodor Morell from 1941-1944. Their relationship began with Morell giving Hitler a few injections of vitamins and steroids which helped boost the Fuhrer up, which he enjoyed. Not so long after Hitler started to have intestinal cramps which he had called he personal physician for who had administered painkillers. Eventually that was not enough for the Supreme Commander who demanded something stronger. Morell was weary at first but caved in and and started to administer injections of Eukodal. Eukodal was a drug manufactured by the still existing today Merck Pharmaceuticals, it was marketed as a painkiller and a cough medicine. The extremely potent active ingredient in it os the opioid, oxycodone, made from the raw material of opium. It was twice as powerful as morphine without the side effect of tiredness, if administered properly it would pep the patient up, and that's exactly what Hitler used it for. Following the Valkyrie assassination attempt Hitler's eardrums had been ruptured, and an ears, nose and throat specialist had been called, and this is when his cocaine use began.
It is quite ironic how many different drugs were used in the Third Reich and by the Fuhrer himself, considering the Nazis despised drugs. They preached an ideology of physical, mental and moral purity, yet they were almost all addicts. The Nazis who abhorred cocaine as a “jewish degeneration drug” but ironically Hitler himself became a coke addict. Towards the end of his life just about a month or two prior to his suicide, his personal physician, Theodor Morell had ran out of drugs to give his most important patient, due to the fact all the manufacturing plants in Germany had been bombed out. Morell lost his supply, the cardinal rule of being a dealer. So as Hitler withered away in his bunker for the last few weeks of the war before his suicide, the Fuhrer was going through extreme withdrawal and was now a shell of the once fiery charismatic man the German people fell in love with. He killed himself as a miserable man going through withdrawal.
Roll names like Eukadol, Pervitin and Merck around in your mouths. Wince - as I did, at the gazillion mainlines and IM injections in the der Fuhrer's arms and behind. Learn about the manufacture and use of narcotics that Germany sold to the world. Understand the difference between an opioid and an opiate . Raw materials more close at hand than the Golden Triangle or the mountains of Afghanistan. This was birthplace of so many self-serving and barbaric acts - so inhuman and loathsome that it went too damn fast to absorb. And realize that the megalomaniacal behavior of der Fuhrer was largely a drug induced continuation of Mein Kampf. And lest he fade from memory - Dr. Morell - the mild mannered general practitioner who became the world’s most powerful dope dealer. El Chapo pales by comparison. Please read this book. The new light it sheds on the Nazis and the atrocities of WW2 - including but rarely mentioned, the sacrificial soldiers who died for Hitler’s high on the Eastern Front - millions of people - guilty and innocent. And if you doubt it - please let me know because just a small taste of these very similar narcotics decades in the past - gave me the experience to understand their effect.