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The Untold Story: Drugs Within The Third Reich

On Thursday 30th March, Dr Power brought the History and Politics library takeover to a close with a review of Norman Ohler's book 'Blitzed'. In his review, Dr Power shed light on the links Ohler drew between the Third Reich and drugs with a particular focus on Hitler's personal physician, Dr Theodore Merrill, responsible for Hitler's health care. Underpinning the talk was the claim that the book, written not by a historian, but a fiction writer, attempts to change the ways in which the history of the Third Reich is understood. Far from being orderly, it was 'complete chaos'. Whether Ohler's conclusions were accepted or not, the book was important because it began to question established historical narratives.


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