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Let’s Talk About How Hitler And His Nazi Mates Were Addicted To Meth

Story from: 2oceansvibe.com

There are many stories of the Third Riech’s affiliation with narcotics – but most of them lacked real substance.

So Norman Ohler went on a five-year mission to tell the story of the Nazi addiction, and thus the stories now lie in print in his book published this month, Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.

Although Ohler is a German fiction writer, his first work of non-fiction might sound like fantasy but there’s much to back it up.

Check out this piece of information from Rolling Stone:

The citizens of the Third Reich were taking speed on a national scale; the German Army’s Blitzkreig attack through France was only made possible through the widespread use of Methamphetamine by Wehrmacht soldiers; the Marshal of the Luftwaffe air force, Herman Goring, was a morphine addict; and Adolf Hitler, famous teetotaler and vegetarian, was in truth a hopeless junkie, his final days spent in trembling and sweating withdrawal, his arms covered in track marks, begging for another injection of the haphazard melange of vitamins, hormones, methamphetamine, oxycodone and sometimes morphine which had kept him functioning throughout the war.

Deep, huh? It gets so much better.

Ohler “originally started researching the project with a historical novel in mind,” explains Rolling Stone, and, as archival research turned up more and more explosive revelations about the filthy hidden habit of Nazis, Ohler decided the full history needed to be told:

“Historians are too square,” says Ohler. “Historians don’t know what drugs are. In the Seventies and Eighties, when some of the groundbreaking historical work was being conducted, it might have been politically incorrect to use such a pop cultural angle to explain something so severe. No one dared to rewrite history in such a crazy manner, I suppose.”

So you wanna know what was the Nazi drug of choice? Read on…

The substance at the center [sic] of Blitzed is Pervitin, a brand-name methamphetamine produced in staggering quantities by the German pharmaceutical industry, then the most advanced in the world.

Unlike cocaine, marijuana and morphine, which were seen by the Nazis as decadent foreign bodies polluting the Aryan immune system – just as they saw the Jews polluting the Aryan nation – Pervitin was promoted as the people’s drug, a wonder chemical available as a pill, injectable solution, chewing gum or even in chocolates for the fatigued housewife. High on speed, the members of the master race worked, produced and sang the glories of the Fuhrer as never before.

Ohler describes the chemical ignition of the first assault on the Western front with a novelist’s flair:

Thousands of soldiers took the substance out of their field caps or were given it by their medical officers. It was laid on their tongues and gulped down with a swig of water. Twenty minutes later the nerve cells in their brains started releasing the neurotransmitters. All of a sudden dopamine and noradrenaline intensified perception and put the soldiers in a state of absolute alertness. The night brightened: no one would sleep, lights were turned on, and the “Lindworm” of the Wehrmacht started eating its way tirelessly toward Belgium… There were no more breaks – an uninterrupted chemical bombardment had broken out in the cerebrum.

But Oiler learnt so much more during his research, like about the current oxycodone epidemic in America:

In Germany it’s not such a big deal,” he says. “I had just learned that Hitler used it so much and then I looked it up and it said something like ‘seventh most popular medicine in the United States.’ I was quite surprised by that. But then in America you don’t mainline it, you swallow it, which is very different. I tried one oxycodone pill from an American friend, and I hardly felt anything. It was I think five milligrams. Hitler had 20 milligrams injected into his bloodstream intravenously.”

The rest of Rolling Stone’s feature is lank interesting, from Ohler’s Trump-Hitler comparison, to how most Germans were actually addicted to Nazism itself.

You can read it all HERE.

[source:rollingstone]

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