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PostHitler, the Nazis, and Methamphetamine (David A. Westbrook, USA, 10/02/16 7:17 pm)
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this. The Guardian certainly believes that Norman Ohler has provided something new in our understanding of Hitler, and indeed of the Nazi machine. See Blitzed:
I have to say I like Ohler's story--writer and Berlin club habitue rethinks Hitler in terms of, well, clubbing. Too perfect.
JE comments: Much food (and drugs) for thought. The Wehrmacht's reliance on the methamphetamine Pervitin has always been known, but society in a sense has "caught up.": With the current meth epidemic and shows like Breaking Bad, we now have a basis of comparison by which we can better understand what the Germans were up to in WWII.
I Googled "High Hitler" and got 211,000 hits.
Hitler and Amphetamines: Norman Ohler's "Blitzed"
(Leo Goldberger, USA
10/06/16 11:20 AM)
In my view the only new information in Norman Ohler's Blitzed is his revelation of the widespread use of methamphetamine throughout the Nazi regime--especially its administration to the troops as the war looked bleaker and bleaker near the end.
As for Hitler himself, the book by Leonard D. Heston, MD and Renata Heston, RN, entitled The Medical Casebook of Adolf Hitler, ought to be mentioned. It was published as far back as 1980--with a foreword by Albert Speer no less! (A revised version came out in 1999 as Adolf Hitler: A Medical Decent That Changed History--His Drug Abuse, Doctors, Illness.) Admittedly. their book is a rather dry, poorly written account--a far cry from the sort of spellbinding "docudrama" writing and frequent "it may have been" speculation to be found in Ohler's current bestseller in Germany! Nevertheless, as Ian Kershaw rightly states in his blurb, Blitzed is definitely a "very interesting book."
Thanks to David Westbrook for bringing it to our attention.
JE comments: Might we have found the definitive new take on Hitler and the Nazis? It's a story of many things, but it's also a story of addiction.