Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Norman Ohler
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

A well-documented and surprising account of the extremely high use of methamphetamines and other opioids by Germans from the 1930s through the end of WWII and the Nazi downfall. The facts are astounding! The drugs caused almost super-human behavior which was crucial to the Wehrmacht Army gaining more territory in 100 hours than they did during all of WWI, defeating the strongest military at that time, and capturing France in only eleven days. They were also crucial in forcing the Czech President to surrender his country and prolonging the war in Europe by years although German officials realized by the end of 1941 that they could not defeat the Russians.

Five years of research in the scattered and incomplete records of Hitler's personal physician, Dr. Theodor Morell, provide information of the massive pharmaceutical capabilities (833,000 pills were pressed daily) and evidence of Hitler's extensive and possibly unknown use of a variety of stimulants and animal by-products. Hitler personally took 120-150 pills and 8-10 injections each week near the end of the war when his supplies ran out and production facilities had been destroyed. There can be no doubt that these substances altered the course of the war and history itself.

Although only about 65% of Morell's records are known to exist, they are scattered in Koblenz, Munich, Washington, D.C., and College Park, MD and have only been available to the public since 1998. Previous attempts to translate from the German and miscellaneous notations have made accurate interpretation very difficult and are often erroneous.  Mr. Ohler's dedication and efforts are outstanding and provide an interesting and thought-provoking read.  Check our catalog

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