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Blitzed : drugs in the Third Reich

Author
Ohler, Norman, author.
Preferred Title
Totale Rausch. English
Title
Blitzed : drugs in the Third Reich / Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.
Format
Book
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
©2015
Description
292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
URL
<Table of contents> http://d-nb.info/1129724085/04
Other contributors
Whiteside, Shaun, translator.
Portion of title
Drugs in the Third Reich
Notes
Translated from the German.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-271) and index.
Contents
  • Methamphetamine, the Volksdroge (1933/1938)
  • Sieg high! (1939/1941)
  • High Hitler: Patient A and his personal physician (1941/1944)
  • The wonder drug (1944/1945)
  • Acknowledgments.
Summary
The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this 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 the case that, if drugs are not taken into account, our understanding of the Third Reich is fundamentally incomplete.
Subject headings
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945--Drug use.
Nazis--Drug use.
Drugs--Germany--History--20th century.
Pharmaceutical industry--Germany--History--20th century.
Soldiers--Drug use--Germany--History--20th century.
World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
Soldiers Drug use Germany History 20th century.
Drugs Germany History 20th century.
Nazis Drug use.
World War, 1939-1945 Germany.
Pharmaceutical industry Germany History 20th century.
Other subjects
Hitler, Adolf 1889-1945.
(bisacsh)HISTORY--Europe--Germany.
(bisacsh)HISTORY--Military--World War II.
Soldiers--Drug use--Germany--History--20th century.
Drugs--Germany--History--20th century.
Nazis--Drug use.
World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
Pharmaceutical industry--Germany--History--20th century.
(lcac)Nazis--Drug use.
ISBN
9781328663795 (hardcover)
1328663795 (hardcover)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
HV5840.G3 O3513 2017
Location
Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
Floor
7th Floor, East Tower
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Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
HV5840.G3 O3513 2017
Location
Stacks
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