World War II Nonfiction Book Group- Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler

  • February 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us as we discuss Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler.

In this highly original book, a bestseller in Germany, Norman Ohler investigates the murky, chaotic world of drug use in the Third Reich. There have been other books on Dr Morell’s cocktail of treatments for Hitler and Goering’s reliance on drugs, but Ohler’s book is the first to show how the entire Nazi regime was permeated with drugs – cocaine, heroin, morphine and methamphetamines, the last of these crucial to troops’ resilience and partly explaining German victory in 1940. Ohler is explicit that drugs cannot explain Third Reich ideology, but their promiscuous use impaired and confused decision-making, with drastic effects on Hitler and his entourage, who, as the war turned against Germany, took refuge in ever more poorly understood cocktails of stimulants. This chemical euphoria changes how we should think about the Nazi high command and its ability to understand the situation it found itself in by 1944-45. As such Blitzed will force a wider reinterpretation of several key events during the Second World War.


The WWII Nonfiction Book Club reads a different nonfiction title that focuses on WWII each month. New members are always welcome.


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