Norman Ohler | Methamphetamines, Cocaine, The Nazi's & Hitler In WWII - Blitzed

The Geopolitics & Power Podcast

Jul 20 2023 • 1 hr 20 mins

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Norman Ohler is a German screenwriter, author and journalist.

Norman is most widely known as the author of Blitzed, an incredible book that documents the role of Pervatin (methamphetamine) and drugs during Nazi Germany and WWII.

In this podcast with Norman, you can expect to hear about…

  • The moment of serendipity that lead to writing blitzed in the first place.
  • A bit about the crazy debauchery of Berlin pre WWII.
  • A brief history on drug synthesis including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and even Aspirin.
  • The prevalence of meth in the nazi army and as well Hitlers codependency on his doctor.
  • Norman addresses some of the criticism of the book.
  • + as well he speaks about what the overall lesson is he hopes people take away from reading the book.


  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 03:30 – Wim Wenders & Normans Eclectic Nature
  • 11:58 – The Moment Of Serendipity That Lead To Blitzed
  • 17:37 – Criticism Of The Book
  • 19:35 – History Of Debauchery In Berlin, Methamphetamines & Hypocrisy Of Nazi Puritans
  • 34:52 – Bayer Developed Heroin, Merk Developed Cocaine & Germans Invented Most Drugs
  • 43:10 – Methamphetamines In The Nazi Army + Hitler & His Codependency With Morel
  • 1:09:00 – What Lesson Does Norman Ohler Want People To Read From The Book?
  • 1:15:02 – Surprised By The Success Of The Book?
  • 1:18:12 – Serendipity & Conversation Between Any Two People Of History

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