Norman Ohler
"Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany" from award winning author, Norman Ohler. Facebook/Norman Ohler

Even decades after the close of World War II, the public still has so many to things to learn about Adolf Hitler. “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany” from award winning author Norman Ohler, which has been called a remarkable piece of research, is claiming that Hitler’s erratic behaviour and his suicide were caused by his severe dependency on drugs.

The book details the relatively untold story of Nazi drug addiction, particularly Hitler’s preference for Eukodol, which is a heroin-like drug. According to Ohler, the dictator first began heavily using the substance after barely surviving an assassination attempt in 1944. The German resistance planted a bomb, which was hidden inside a briefcase, beneath his desk. After that, Ohler noted that Hitler became a “nervous wreck.”

"I'm afraid that from 1944 onwards, Hitler did not spend a single day sober," Ohler wrote.

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Reportedly, Hitler’s dependency resulted in his erratic decision making. However, Eukodol also apparently made him much stronger.

Ohler’s claims are supported by various diary entries from Dr Theo Morell, who was Hitler’s personal doctor. From the entries, it was concluded that Hitler’s addiction was so severe that his veins almost collapsed.

"I cancelled injections today to give the previous puncture holes a chance to heal," one entry read. “Left inside elbow good, right still has red dots (but not pustules), where injections were given.”

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“Blitzed” also described how, during the Battle of Berlin in April 1954, Hitler’s supply ran dry, and Morell then had to send raiding parties to the city center to find more supplies. However, the effort failed, which also played a part in the Fuhrer's suicide.

As The Independent notes, various historians have placed the book in high regard. Antony Beevor, a British historian and expert in the history of World War II, noted that “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany” was a fitting explanation to Hitler’s “completely irrational” military tactics during the last few German offensive battles.

Ohler, who is of German descent, was born on Feb. 4, 1970. He was awarded the Martha-Saalfeld Prize in 1999 and the Award for Art Prize Rheinland-Pfalz in 2003. “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany” is now available on Amazon.