When I first took cocaine, in the 70s, although not quite certain if 1870s or 1970s, the effect was so exhilarating that I soon became convinced that I was born with a cocaine deficiency. Cocaine converted me from a shy guy into a guy’s guy, garrulous, confident, insightful and a real player. Getting sunburnt going home after dawn from closing clubs, at last, I was the man I was supposed to be.
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun must have experienced the same insights when, after he had drafted Mein Kampf in the 1920s, Hitler wrote of the purity and potential of the unique German spirit, drug-free, corn coloured hair and pure Aryan. But by 1941 until the end of the war, the couple were injecting pure cocaine and methyl-amphetamine (ice) by needle, everyday, just to get out of bed, and keep themselves on an even keel, while barely functioning to keep up their appearances, which were becoming less and less as they increasingly isolated themselves in the Wolf’s Lair.
The Germans were not only the best dressed in the war, but also the best drugged in order to fight ferociously to the last drop of their pharmacologically enhanced blood. There was little doubt that German chemists had been producing the best drugs since the turn of the century, e.g., LSD, amphetamines and ecstasy.
with a shot of injectable cocaine and like a jumping jack, Hitler was immediately up, saluting wardrobe mirrors and forever in a good mood.
In an astonishing new book, Norman Ohler, using Hitler’s and Braun’s personal medical records, meticulously kept by their personal physician, Dr Theodor Morell, in that anal German way of recording everything. JFK was a teetotaler compared to the Hitlers. German chemists were able to produce the most advanced drugs for most of the 20th Century – the Berlin Olympics was a great success for Benzedrine which gave Germany the most medals. There were no drug tests then. Look at Leni Riefenstahl’s exponentially confident films of the Third Reich during the 1930s, culminating in “Triumph of the Will” in 1935/36 and celebrating a nation steeped in self-pride and self-administration of the most dynamic drugs of their time, methamphetamine (ice) and cocaine. Hitler in the last two years of the war made Scarface look like a limp weekend warrior.
German drug factories like Temmler manufactured scores of millions of packets of Pervitin, with crystal methamphetamine for the failing frightened troops that were the subject of disastrous decisions to invade Russia and to let the Brits off the hook at Dunkirk. Hitler and Braun took to the drugs like ducks and drakes to water. Hitler’s highest Generals and staff started taking it, and he gave Mussolini Il Duce, of Italy, a shot to put some spine in his back when he offered to pull out of the Axis.
As the war turned in Germany, Hitler got depressed and couldn’t get out of bed. Dr Morell would jump into his bed with a shot of injectable cocaine and like a jumping jack, Hitler was immediately up, saluting wardrobe mirrors and forever in a good mood, brushing off defeats in Russia and on the front as irrelevancies. Eva Braun insisted on the same doses to keep in spirit with her Fuhrer. Dr Morell even made special aphrodisiac potions for them, from the thyroids, gonads and livers of dead soldiers. Contrary to wartime ally rumours, Hitler and Braun led a vigorous sex life, aided and abetted by ground up hormones and testosterone collected from dead bodies and prepared for injection. Morell often observed that Hitler emerged from Eva’s bedroom covered in scratch marks and love bites after a particularly heavy session and doses of Dr Morell’s special concoction.
As morning grew into afternoon, Dr Morell would start injecting his multiplying doses of methamphetamine into the night, so much so that Hitler’s skin was so toughened that it bent and broke the needles. All information and dosages were taken down in Dr Morell’s tiny patient cards of, patient A (Hitler) and patient B (Eva Hitler nee Braun). Even visitors like Il Duce were on the patient card filing system.
Unfettered meth and cocaine use can lead to obsessional and rigid thinking. Hitler’s bloodlust for killing Jews and continued warfare to the very end displayed all the hallmarks of drug-induced paranoia and schizophrenia we sadly see so often in our using population in Australia.
At one stage Germany had it all, rockets, drugs, great costumes and frenzied fighters. But, Hitler’s alarming drug use and creeping Parkinson’s disease created a rabbit hole that didn’t finish in the bunker in Berlin. Perhaps all armed fighters in future wars, allies and ISIS alike, should be drug tested and disqualified from being allowed to join the fight if they fail. There might be no one to fill the empty battalions, no one to invade Iraq, no one to invade Syria. The very fabric of society would fall apart, leaving all our Emperors as naked as President Putin sunbaking by the Baltic sea.