By the time Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945, he was a drug addict. First, it was simple hormone and vitamin injections, then he graduated to opioid injections and finally, a cocktail of opioids and cocaine. No wonder the Germans lost the war! Their leader was propped up by magical potions that made his limbs tremble and warped his mind. In his book, Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, Norman Ohler quotes Hitler’s personal physician’s notes from the end of 1944:
“‘Left hand very strong tremor,’ wrote [Theodor] Morell [Hitler’s personal physician]. Then: ‘increased tremor in the right hand.’ Or: ‘The left leg is not trembling now, but the left arm and the left hand are.’ Hitler buried his fingers in his coat pockets to conceal the fact. By now it could hardly have been described as trembling, as it had graduated to shaking.” (Ohler at 177-178)
Things went from bad to worse as the Allies bombed Berlin. On just one day – February 3, 1945, the Allies dropped 2,264 tons of bombs on Berlin. (216) Among the many buildings destroyed were pharmaceutical factories – drying up the drug supply. The Fuhrer showed signs of withdrawal: “the tremors were getting worse and his body was going into rapid decline. At his final speech to the district leaders on February 24, 1945, he had finally lost his power of suggestion. He made a pitiful impression on his visitors, stood bowed, drooling.” (Id.)
To commit suicide with his now wife, Eva Braun, Hitler ate a meal of spaghetti and had hydrogen cyanide for dessert. After eating the cyanide, Hitler shot himself in the brain with a 6.35 Walther. (224)
But this is not how it started – oh no. When Hitler came to power in 1933 – he was all about the purity of the German body. Years before Nancy Reagan, Hitler “just said no” to drugs. Morphine and cocaine, which were the Germans’ drugs of choice, were outlawed. (5-15) In the autumn of 1935 The Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring was passed, requiring sterilization for certain conditions, including drug addiction. (17) The next step was to kill all the drug addicts. The Euthanasia program, called T4, was the perfect vehicle (17) (see blog posts 11/12/17; 4/14/17; 12/21/15).
It was “well known” that Jews were druggies. They loved morphine and cocaine – the twin enemies of the Nazi party. As Ohler describes, “SS Haupsturmfuhrer Criminal Commissar Erwin Kosmehl, who was from 1941 director of the Reich Central Office for Combating Drug Transgressions, asserted that ‘Jews play a supreme part’ in the international drug trade. His work was concerned with ‘eliminating international criminals who often have roots in Jewry.’ The Nazi Party’s Officer of Racial Policy claimed that the Jewish character was essentially drug-dependent: the intellectual urban Jew preferred cocaine or morphine to calm his constantly ‘excited nerves’ and give himself a feeling of peace and inner security. Jewish doctors were rumored to be ‘often extraordinarily addicted to morphine.’” (19)
Propaganda was the key instrument to insure indoctrination of the youth. In an antisemetic children’s book “Der Gifpilz (‘The Poisonous Mushroom’) the National Socialists combined their twin bogeymen, Jews and drugs, into racial-hygiene propaganda that was used in schools and nurseries. The story was exemplary, the message perfectly clear: the dangerous poison mushroom had to be eradicated.” (19) The book contains a picture of a young boy kneeling and handing a mushroom to a woman with a basket (think red-riding hood) in the forest. The caption under the picture reads: “Just as poisonous mushrooms are often difficult to tell from good mushrooms, it is often difficult to recognize the Jews and confidence tricksters and criminals.” (21)
Well, with morphine and cocaine now outlawed for all living under Nazi rule, pharma companies got creative. In 1937, the German pharmaceutical company, Temmler, developed and patented a new method of synthesizing methamphetamine. They gave it the trade name – Pervitin. (28-29) Taking Pervitin had magical effects: “All of a sudden the consumer feels wide awake and experiences an increase in energy; the senses are intensified to the extreme. One feels livelier, energized to the tips of one’s hair and fingers. Self-confidence rises, there is a subjectively perceived acceleration of thought processes, a sense of euphoria, and a feeling of lightness and freshness. A state of emergency is experienced, as when one faces a sudden danger, a time when an organism mobilizes all its forces – even though there is no danger. An artificial kick.” (30)
The Temmler marketing team had a hay day. They sold the meth over the counter, and marketed it for curing “frigidity in women,” by “increasing women’s libido and sexual power.” This powerful pill was said to cure the negative effects of “withdrawal from alcohol, cocaine and even opiates.” (32) They put meth in chocolate and stated it was “perfectly safe” and a “delight.” (34) After eating a few of these chocolates, “housework would be done in a trice, and this unusual tidbit would even melt the pounds away, since Pervitin, a slimming agent, also curbed the appetite.” (34)
September of 1939 saw the invasion of Poland and the start of World War II. German commanders handed out Pervitin to soldiers to keep them awake longer and give them a boost of energy and confidence. Ohler quotes a medical officer from the IX Army Corps: “I’m convinced that in big pushes, where the last drop has to be squeezed from the team, a unit supplied with Pervitin is superior. This doctor has therefore made sure that there is a supply of Pervitin in the Unit Medical Equipment.” (53) In the summer of 1941, the Wehrmacht High Command classified Pervitin as ‘decisive for the outcome of the war.” (101)
This decisive drug led to a generation of meth addicts. In the end, none of these drugs saved Hitler or the German people, yemach shemam (may their names be erased).
Hitler’s personal doctor and drug dealer, ended up being arrested and put in jail. But he was no use to the American interrogators, he sat apathetically and depressed in his jail cell. He was released from prison in the summer of 1947 – dropped , shoeless, outside Munich’s central station. There he sat, unable to muster the energy to move until “a half-Jewish Red Cross nurse took pity on him and put him in a hospital in Tegensee, where he died on May 26,1948,” (225-26) just twelve days after the State of Israel was declared. Sweet revenge.
 After Hitler’s suicide, 100,000 Germans followed their Fuhrer and committed suicide. Id. at 225.