Don't Take these Historic Events Out of Context Like Everybody Else Does
Don’t Take these Historic Events Out of Context Like Everybody Else Does

Don’t Take these Historic Events Out of Context Like Everybody Else Does

Khalid Elhassan - October 7, 2021

Don’t Take these Historic Events Out of Context Like Everybody Else Does
Hitler and his doctor, Theodor Morell, a quack who kept the Fuhrer doped up throughout WWII. Novinsky

2. Hitler Became a Full Blown Junkie

Even as his troops rampaged across Europe and the Mediterranean basin while tweaking on cocaine-laced crystal meth, the Fuhrer himself became a daily user of Pervitin. That, perhaps, sheds light on some of his inexplicable wartime decisions. As the war progressed, Hitler found it increasingly difficult to even get out of bed in the morning without shots of a drug concoction that included Pervitin. That was thanks in large part to a quack doctor, Theodor Morell, who eased Hitler’s chronic digestive ailments with cultures of live bacteria.

Don’t Take these Historic Events Out of Context Like Everybody Else Does
A beaming Fuhrer. Rolling Stone

The relieved dictator rewarded Morell by making him his personal physician, and the doctor’s popularity skyrocketed, especially among high ranking ranking Nazis. That popularity was not due solely to the boost that Morell got from his status as Hitler’s doctor: he routinely treated his patients by injecting them with concoctions of addictive drugs, that had them coming back for more. Herman Goering, himself an all out drug addict and copious pill popper, sarcastically referred to doctor Morell as “the Reichmaster of the injections“.

Don’t Take these Historic Events Out of Context Like Everybody Else Does
Hitler’s last official photo, shortly before his death. Keystone Features

1. The Context That Explains Hitler’s Cocaine Addiction

Dr. Morrell not only got the Fuhrer hooked on crystal meth via Pervitin, he also turned him into a cocaine addict after the quack prescribed it to soothe the dictator’s sore throat and clear his sinuses. It was in the context of that treatment that Hitler soon developed an irresistible compulsion to soothe his throat and clear his sinuses. By 1945, Hitler was a full blown junkie with rotting teeth, addicted to a bewildering variety of drugs. When his drug supplies ran out in the war’s closing weeks, the Furher suffered all the symptoms of severe withdrawal: delusions, psychosis, paranoia, extreme shaking, and kidney failure.

Pervitin remained popular and readily available in Germany after the war, frequently prescribed by doctors as an antidepressant or as an appetite suppressant, or readily obtainable on the black market. German students – especially medical students – were huge fans of the drug, which they used as a stimulant to help them cram for exams. It was only removed from medical supplies in East Germany in the 1970s, and in West Germany in the 1980s, before it was finally banned and declared illegal after German reunification in the 1990s.


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