Third Reich proponents prided themselves on being warriors against moral degeneracy: their ideology demanded purity of body, blood and mind. Bestselling author Norman Ohler’s controversial new book Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany lifts the lid on the remarkable substance abuse in the Third Reich. From Hitler to hausfraus, the regime was awash with cocaine, heroin and crystal meth. Don’t miss this mindbending conversation with Norman and Liam Pieper about what really helped fuel the Nazis’ rise (and inevitable comedown).
Norman Ohler (International)
Norman Ohler is the author of three novels, Die Quotenmaschine (the world's first hypertext novel), Mitte, and Stadt des Goldes (translated into English as Ponte City), as well as two novellas. He was co-writer of the script for Wim Wenders's film Palermo Shooting. In 2004, Norman was invited to be the Town Writer of Ramallah in Palestine, and of Jerusalem. Norman's first work of non-fiction is Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, for which he spent five years researching in numerous archives across Germany and the United States. Blitzed has become an international bestseller, translated into over 25 languages.
Liam Pieper (Australian)
Liam Pieper is an author, award-winning fiction writer, journalist and Fairfax columnist. His 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award. This was followed by Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays that make up a craven apology for writing a memoir. He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, and was the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague, where he completed his first novel The Toymaker.