Norman Ohler in conversation with Jason Diamond
March 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
In his gripping new history, Blitzed, Norman Ohler reveals that the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. In the 1930s, 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. Once war broke out, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth, and drugs even seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command--and to Hitler himself. Ohler opens fascinating new terrain for study and argues that our understanding of the Third Reich is fundamentally incomplete without considering all the drugs consumed.