Norman Ohler 943.0856 Cedar Mill 2017
The Nazis were publically anti-narcotic, but (Ohler claims) Hitler and the high command were addicts by 1945. These claims are controversial; the post-war archives are not cataloged to reveal this. Whether Ohler is (partly) right or not, it is another lens to look at history. The rest of this is about Ohler's views, I'm not convinced one way or the other.
- p007 Merck made morphine in 1827, Heroin (diacetyl morphine) invented by Bayer chemist Felix Hoffman in 1897
- p016 in the 1930s, addicts were sent to concentration camps.
- p020 Dr. Theodore Morell, Bayreuther Strasse, Charlottenburg district, attacked in 1933 by SA, joined Nazi Party for protection
- p023 1936 Morell met Hitler (with leg bloating and eczema) and became "Patient A" personal physician
- p028 1938, Temler's Pervetin, 3 mg N-methylamphetamine
- p034 Hildebrand Chocolates, 14 mg meth
- p038 Morell treated Czech leader Emile Hácha with meth, who capitulated to the Wehrmacht
Pervetin kept German soldiers awake for days, enabling the rapid mobile warfare of the Blitzkreig in Western Europe. In the long run, damage.
Goering was an opium addict. He had Hitler hold back the Wehrmacht so his Luftwaffe could destroy the retreating armies at Dunkirk and on the sea. Weather and the RAF (operating from closer bases) prevented this, and 340,000 soldiers escaped. Luftwaffe pilots also used Pervetin.
Concentration camp inmates were used to test drugs, forced to march in circles for days, fueled by cocaine and meth.
Dosed by Morell with Eukodal (oxycodone), Hitler became addled, and made increasingly bad decisions. When the drugs ran out, Hitler shot Eva Braun and himself on April 30, 1945, at about 330 pm.
Morell was interrogated by the Americans for two years, abandoned in Munich in the early summer of 1947, where he died in the Tegernsee hospital on May 26, 1948.