German chancellor Adolf Hitler looks out at a rally staged by the Nazi Party.
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Adolf Hitler went through World War II severely addicted to drugs, according to a newly-translated German book.
In an excerpt from Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany, published in the Daily Mail on Saturday, author Norman Ohler wrote that Adolf Hitler was a "super junkie," with an addiction to cocaine, animal hormones, vitamins and narcotics. Apparently, Hitler's favorite drug was one containing oxycodon, called Eukodal.
He wrote that Hitler had grown progressively hooked on a "toxic cocktail" of drugs supplied by the fuhrer's personal physician, Theodor Morell, known as the "Reich injection master."
Morell described the affects of one combination of a newly-developed vitamin and hormones, explaining that Hitler would be "very tired and exhausted" but became "very fresh" and "extremely pleased" after the injections.
He also supplied Hitler's lover, Eva Braun, with a similar drug combination as well as additional ones to suppress her menstruation. This was done so the two could have more time for intimacy. Morell was adamant of the benefits of physical love, even promoting extramarital affairs as necessary. According to the book, Morell recalled in later years that "Hitler had sometimes cancelled medical investigations to conceal wounds on his body from Eva Braun’s aggressive sexual behavior."
As the Nazis began to increasingly lose territory to the Red Army in late 1944, Ohler said Hitler's body became resistant to the drugs.
"Hitler’s own veins were so wrecked that even the expert shot-giver Morell could hardly penetrate them," Ohler wrote in teh book."The skin of the veins, perforated too many times, was inflamed, scarred and a peculiar shade of brown...Each jab created a new wound that joined the previous one, and it produced an elongated, growing crust –what addicts call track marks."
The author explained Hitler's suicide was a drug-induced one as well: "When there was no eukodal left for a ‘golden shot’, he opted for the bullet."
The book described how the drugs eventually provided to Nazis were first tested out on concentration camp prisoners.
In one case involving a cocaine chewing gum, prisoners at Sachsenhausen concentration camp north of Berlin were given "astonishingly high doses" of drugs: "50-100 milligrams of pure cocaine in pill form, 20 milligrams in chewing gum, or 20 milligrams of Pervitin (effectively crystal meth) as chewing gum."
Next they were forced to march all night to test the affects. "Between 4am and 5am, having spent seven or eight hours tramping in the dark, most of them gave up ‘because they were footsore," Ohler wrote.