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Blitzed : drugs in Nazi Germany

Author: Norman Ohler
Publisher: [London] Penguin Books 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Adolf Hitler; Adolf Hitler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Ohler
ISBN: 9780141983165 0141983167
OCLC Number: 992448022
Notes: Hier auch später erschienene, unveränderte Nachdrucke.
Description: 360 Seiten : Illustrationen
Other Titles: Der totale Rausch
Responsibility: Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

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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.

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German writer Norman Ohler's astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war .. Blitzed looks set to reframe the way certain Read more...

 
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