Norman Ohler’s bestseller Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany chronicles widespread drug-taking in the Third Reich. Norman is often asked about his sources, and why historians didn’t report on the drug-taking earlier. Now, he provides the answer – a peculiar story involving a Berlin DJ, his burglar friends, and looted pharmacies in East Berlin. Norman discusses his process and findings, and the challenges of writing historical non-fiction in a well-guarded field.
Supported by the University of Sydney.