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Blitzed

Drugs in the Third Reich

by Norman Ohler Author · Shaun Whiteside Translator

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The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany was a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and companies such as Merck and Bayer cooked up cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, to be consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to millions of German soldiers. In fact, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to explain certain German military victories.

Drugs seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command and, especially, to Hitler himself. Over the course of the war, Hitler became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—including a form of heroin—administered by his personal doctor. While drugs alone cannot explain the Nazis' toxic racial theories or the events of World War II, Ohler's investigation makes an overwhelming case that, if drugs are not taken into account, our understanding of the Third Reich is fundamentally incomplete. Carefully researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 201.6 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 201.6 MB

Shaun Whiteside (Translator)

Shaun Whiteside, originally from Northern Ireland, graduated with a first in modern languages from King's College, Cambridge, and translates from German, French, Italian, and Dutch, having previously worked as a business journalist and television ...

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Claire Bloom (Director)

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a car...

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Norman Ohler (Author)

Norman Ohler is an award-winning German novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He spent five years researching Blitzed in numerous archives in Germany and the United States, and spoke to eyewitnesses, military historians, and doctors. He is also ...

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Creators

Translator :
Shaun Whiteside
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Director :
Claire Bloom
Author :
Norman Ohler
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