Drugs in Nazi Germany

Book - 2016
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GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2016 'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow 'Blitzed is making me rethink everything I've ever seen and read about WWII... terrific!' Douglas Coupland 'A huge contribution... remarkable' Antony Beevor, BBC RADIO 4 'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives. The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.
Publisher: UK : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9780241256992
Branch Call Number: 362.29094309 Ohl
Characteristics: 360 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Whiteside, Shaun - Translator


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Sep 15, 2017

Yes, I have read it somewhere that before being dropped with parachutes the German soldiers were injected with a performance enhancer, which gave them superhuman intensity and strength for a few hours, while they took up position on land. By the way, in one of the James Bond stories (?( this same thing is done to Bond with benzedrin, to enable him to fight the Mafia. Otherwise, as for "moral excellence," the Nazis fought among each other too, and Hitler killed his former chief supporters in the "night of long knives", using utter dishonesty. There is a book titled: "Hitler Slept Late And Other Blunders That Cost Him The War." There are 25 major blunders described in there, and also the fact that the Nazi organizations competed among themselves instead of cooperating. But, in fact, if one looks at the world today, where is any moral excellence to be found? The Americans did not want to cooperate with each other (ego problem) in 2003 in space travel and this caused the Columbia shuttle catastrophe. And the Russians did not want to accept help from the Americans (ego again) and this caused the death of 100 Russian sailors in a sunken submarine. As for the drug epidemic of the West, Huxley wrote about drugging the lower classes with Soma, and Dr. John Coleman wrote in 1997 that the use of "recreational drugs" will be mandatory in the coming new system to keep the Crowd dazed. Drug bars already exist in Holland.

Sep 15, 2017

Light read, heavy topic. Not fair that the Bad Guys had free access to pain killers and performance-enhancing drugs literally by the ton, while everyone else did their suffering straight up.

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