Report: Hitler Was on Crystal Meth

Nazi leader took 74 drugs in all, says US dossier
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2014 5:30 PM CDT
Updated Oct 18, 2014 6:47 AM CDT
Report: Hitler Was on Crystal Meth
In this Dec. 5, 1931 file photo, Adolf Hitler is saluted as he leaves his party's Munich headquarters.    (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Adolf Hitler apparently relied on a stunning array of drugs while ruling Nazi Germany, including one made popular by the show Breaking Bad: crystal meth. According to a 47-page US military dossier, a physician filled the Fuhrer with barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls' semen, a pill that contained crystal meth, and other drugs, depending on Hitler's momentary needs, the Daily Mail reports. By this account, Hitler downed crystal meth before a 1943 meeting with Mussolini in which the Fuhrer ranted for two hours, and took nine shots of methamphetamine while living out his last days in his bunker. The dossier's allegations will be considered in a British TV documentary this weekend called Hitler’s Hidden Drug Habit, the Times of Israel reports.

Just who was Hitler's dealer? Named Theodor Morell, he succeeded as a Berlin doctor despite his unconventional methods and controversial past. Revelations that he had treated Jews hurt his business in 1933, and many thought he appeared Jewish; Hitler's inner circle disliked both his appearance and his practices, according to the Times. A US collector who found the dossier also criticized Morell, calling him "a quack and a fraud and a snake oil salesman." Yet Hitler trusted him until the Nazis fell in 1945. Hitler's alleged use of other drugs, like cocaine and amphetamines, has already been documented—the International Business Times mentions two documentaries that cover it—but his apparent reliance on 74 drugs, including crystal meth, adds to the portrait of a hypochondriac ruling Nazi Germany while high. (Another recent documentary alleges that Hitler was a billionaire tax dodger.)

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