A Nazi drug’s US resurgence: How meth is making a disturbing reappearance
The military, along with German civilians, used a commercial form of the drug – made in Berlin and marketed under the trade name Pervitin – to stay awake, alert and energized. With Pervitin, factory workers and homemakers alike found they could work longer and harder. Troops called it “tank chocolate” or “pilot’s salt.” Pervitin fueled the Nazis during their “blitzkrieg” invasion of France in 1940.
Wrote one German commander about Pervitin: “Everyone fresh and cheerful, excellent discipline.” Later his assessment became less rosy: “After taking four tablets, double vision and seeing colors.”
The toll meth took on the Germans was immense. It provoked war crimes, stoked psychosis and triggered suicide. As the war progressed, Adolf Hitler received ever-increasing doses of the drug.
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