Drug Addiction in Nazi Germany with Dr. Finn Ballard

Drug Addiction in Nazi Germany with Dr. Finn Ballard


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The Nazis led an ostensible 'war on drugs,' yet the upper echelons of Hitler's party were keen partakers. And it was not only them. Huge swathes of the German population, civilian and military, found themselves addicted to the new 'vitamin stimulant': methamphetamine. This conversation will explore drug addiction during the period of Hitler’s Third Reich.

Integral to the campaigning which precipitated the ascension of the Nazis to power was a virulent anti-drug campaign. According to propaganda, recreational drug consumption was to blame for much of the Berlin-based degeneracy of the much-loathed Weimar Republic. Yet the party's upper echelons frequently partook, and as the Third Reich came to its ignominious end, Hitler was near-stupefied from drug abuse.

In this seminar, we will investigate the history of methamphetamine and its rationing to service personnel as a stimulant during World War Two. We'll revise our understanding of how the Germans commanded and fought the most devastating war in history - under the influence of highly-addictive substances. We will also examine the repercussions of mass addiction for civilians during the dictatorship - and for post-war Germany.

Led by an expert on twentieth-century German history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this interactive seminar will provide participants with an entirely new insight into the history of the Third Reich. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how WWII was fought - and how the concentration camps were run.

Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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L. (Suffern, US)
Terrific talk

Finn's talk was filled with information that was completely new to me. His enthusiasm for his topic is contagious, and his energy is just terrific. It was a great session

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V.R. (Hilo, US)
Simply great

Dr. Ballard’s knowledge base on the the Third Reich is astounding!

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
Drug addiction in nazi Germany

I never miss a Finn Ballard Syminar as I always learn much about the nazis that I never knew! He is a most wonderful teacher!

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N. (Winter Park, US)
Fabulous Finn Ballard Presentation!

Dr. Ballard is a world class communicator and it is always stimulating to share some Zoom time with him. This lecture was no exception and I especially like the way he answers questions in ‘ real time’, so that you have your answer right away as he moves through the material. Finn is the best!

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)
Very interesting talk

I didn't realize how much the Nazi success in the early part of the war may have stemmed from soldiers on speed. Very, very interesting.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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L. (Suffern, US)
Terrific talk

Finn's talk was filled with information that was completely new to me. His enthusiasm for his topic is contagious, and his energy is just terrific. It was a great session

V
V.R. (Hilo, US)
Simply great

Dr. Ballard’s knowledge base on the the Third Reich is astounding!

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
Drug addiction in nazi Germany

I never miss a Finn Ballard Syminar as I always learn much about the nazis that I never knew! He is a most wonderful teacher!

N
N. (Winter Park, US)
Fabulous Finn Ballard Presentation!

Dr. Ballard is a world class communicator and it is always stimulating to share some Zoom time with him. This lecture was no exception and I especially like the way he answers questions in ‘ real time’, so that you have your answer right away as he moves through the material. Finn is the best!

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)
Very interesting talk

I didn't realize how much the Nazi success in the early part of the war may have stemmed from soldiers on speed. Very, very interesting.