Much is known about Adolf Hitler’s bloodthirsty plans for world domination, and his racist mindset, but one point that is often overlooked in the history books is that the infamous tyrant was also a massive drug addict.
Amphetamines seemed to be the dictator’s drug of choice, but he also took a cocktail of morphine, opiates, and strange solutions containing bull semen and rat poison. Records showed that Hitler also snorted powdered cocaine to ‘clear his sinuses and soothe his throat’ and used eye-drops infused with 10% cocaine.
The Führer reportedly took a long list of 80 different drugs each day, and some experts say that this could have had something to do with his some of his mental problems.
According to psychiatrist Professor Nassir Ghaemi, Hitler’s drug abuse exacerbated his manic depression and contributed to his ongoing health problems.
“It’s not whether Hitler was an amphetamine addict or not – it’s that Hitler had bipolar disorder and amphetamines made it worse. That is the issue. That has never been described before and that would explain a lot why Hitler changed in the late 1930s and the 1940s.” Ghaemi explains.
Multiple books and documentaries have explored Hitler’s drug problem, most notably the book “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany” by Norman Ohler, and the TV documentary “Nazi Underworld – Hitler’s Drug Use Revealed” by National Geographic.
In “Blitzed” Ohler writes that Hitler engaged in “lengthy and enervating conversations with himself, spells that lasted until early morning. These waffling monologues could go on for hours, the Fuhrer’s soft baritone addressing no one in particular. Instead, his eyes gazed into the distance as if he were talking to a vast and invisible following. He never grew tired of going over his favorite themes yet again: talking about the harmfulness of smoking, preaching against the poisoning of the body, and praising his own vegetarian diet.”
Ohler said that as Hitler became more reclusive he “missed those ecstasies that his appearances had previously prompted,” which required “a new injection of the pepped-up feeling that was so important to his self-esteem. In his isolation, all pleasure and energy previously received from the attention of a cheering crowd had to be replaced by chemicals—further cocooning the dictator.”
In the video clips below, Hitler can be seen rocking back and forth in his chair, which is typical of the behavior exhibited by a person on large doses of amphetamines. Hitler also appears to be clenching his jaw and grinding his teeth, another side effect of the drug.
According to the Irish Mirror, a series of letters and medical reports on Hitler were commissioned by the U.S. military and released after the war.
Among the records were interviews with Hitler’s six doctors, including Theodor Morell, who was his personal drug dealer.
The 47-page classified report stated Hitler had chronic eczema, persistent stomach cramps, flatulence, and deformed genitalia.
Morell became Hitler’s personal savior early on in the war because he helped the tyrant with some of his minor symptoms. However, Morell was hated by Hitler’s inner circle, and it was often believed that he was a “double agent” who was sent by enemy forces to poison the Führer. Even the Americans were unsure who he was working for when he was eventually captured.
“Some of his American interrogators wondered whether he was a double agent, trying to make Hitler so dysfunctional that he couldn’t win, couldn’t achieve what he wanted,” Ghaemi said.
Cambridge University historian Richard Evans explains some of the more bizarre items in Hitler’s medicine cabinet, like the bull semen for example. These strange prescriptions were said to be snake oil cures for sexual problems that Hitler suffered from.
“Morell gave Hitler a preparation called Testoviron, a kind of testosterone preparation, usually before Hitler was going to spend a night with Eva Braun. Eva Braun was young and much fitter. Hitler was much older, he was lazy, he didn’t take much exercise, and I’m sure he asked Dr. Morell to help him out before he went to bed with Braun,” Evans said.
Hans-Joachim Neumann, author of “Was Hitler Ill?” thinks that attributing is actions to the drugs he took could be giving him an excuse for the violence he carried out.
“Just 48 hours before his death Hitler dictated his will, as lucid and alert as ever. His mental capabilities were normal. The Jews were not wiped out because Hitler was ill, but because most Germans followed his decisions. Hitler always knew what he was doing,” Neumann said.