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.

Norman Ohler (International)

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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.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a senior research fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.