Evidence Suggests Hitler Was High on Cocaine and Painkillers Throughout WWII
It’s no wonder that rumors of Adolf Hitler’s drug use have prevailed over the decades since WWII. No one wants to think that a man with a clear mind would be capable of such terrible acts, so labeling him as a drug user removes his humanity and helps us rationalize the circumstances of the holocaust a little bit better.
However, just it’s easy to believe Hitler was high on drugs during his reign of terror doesn’t mean it wasn’t true. New evidence has arisen that suggests he was a drug user consumed by his addiction for most of WWII. A new book entitled Blitzed by Norman Ohler suggests that the fuhrer was injecting amphetamine, using cocaine, and consuming opiates and opioids.
During WWII, it’s Ohler’s estimation that Hitler received more than 800 injections of drugs from his physician, Dr. Morell, pictured above over Hitler’s right shoulder. He also estimates that Hitler regularly consumed pills in the thousands over this time. Consequently, Ohler states that the regular injections had destroyed his veins at the time of his suicide in 1945.
It’s also thought that the symptoms of shaking that many attributed to early-onset Parkinson’s disease may have actually been symptoms of withdrawal. Ohler said to The Guardian, “It has been suggested that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. To me, though, it’s pretty clear that it was partly withdrawal. Yeah, it must have been pretty awful. He’s losing a world war, and he’s coming off drugs.”
It’s thought that the withdrawals were especially bad at the end of Hitler’s reign because allied bombing had destroyed his pharmaceutical plants where his drugs were manufactured.
And drug abuse wasn’t just limited to Hitler’s inner circle. Soldiers were regularly supplied with Pervitin, an oral stimulant. The drug would not only keep them awake but embolden the soldiers to enter deadly situations that they otherwise wouldn’t. In 1940 over the course of several months, soldiers were supplied with 35 million doses of Pervitin. The drug would allow forces to march, seemingly unaffected by fatigue. Soldiers would regularly remain awake for three days and three nights on the drug.
The drugs were also tested at concentration camps on those interned. One experiment saw prisoners forced to chew a gum laced with cocaine and simply keep walking until the collapsed from fatigue and exhaustion.