The Telegraph cites a book titled Was Hitler Ill? According to the book, Hitler received primitive forms of Viagra from Morell, and in he started getting injections of a "cocktail made from the semen and prostate glands of young bulls. Due to his deplorable actions, conspiracy theorists love to put forward potentially embarrassing theories about the dictator, such as the claim he was gay, had Parkinson's, or only had one testicle, which Time notes was never officially verified.
However, there's no doubt Hitler believed in Morell up his final days, and considering stress can significantly impact male virility and testosterone production, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information , and Hitler was undoubtedly stressed, he may well have needed some assistance in the bedroom. It sure would explain a lot about a deeply disturbed man. Among the many purported health issues of Nazi Germany's crazed leader was intensely bad gas.
Supposedly, Der Fuhrer suffered "derriere furor" — frequent gas attacks. The information came from medical records sold at auction, according to MNN , which amounted to detailed pages from seven of Hitler's chief physicians. They contained everything from X-rays of his skull to sketches of the inside of his nose. But some of the most odious information comes in the reports of Hitler's fart problem, which he apparently took up to 28 different medications to control. Some of the pills contained strychnine, a well-known poison, "which probably explains his stomach pains," said Bill Panagopulos, president of the auction house which sold the documents.
The reports go even further, claiming one of history's most reviled men required "cleansing enemas," activated with chamomile plants. Time reports chamomile tea is great for relaxing gastrointestinal muscles, helping gas to dissipate, aids in digestion, and relieves the stress that accumulates from attempting to annihilate an entire ethnic group. Harvard Health points out stress is particularly important when it comes to gastrointestinal issues, and if you can't tell from his fervent oration and hellbent intention to rule the world, Hitler put the "Type A" in Adolf.
Imagine the conflicted emotions you'd feel as a personal taste-tester for one of history's most powerful, and hated men. You'd be tasting meals fit for a health-conscious king read: powerful maniac in an era where food shortages were common. But you'd feel like you're playing Guy Fieri's Russian Roulette, where every bite may be your last. According to Smithsonian , Hitler had 15 personal taste-testers to ensure he wasn't going to be poisoned.
There were many people trying to kill Hitler, and there were many attempts with varying degrees of success, according to History.
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At any rate, in classic Hitlerian fashion, his taste testers were all young girls, drafted into service specifically for the purpose of being poison guinea pigs. As of , one of the testers, Margot Woelk, was still living, and described the conditions to Smithsonian, saying "the food was delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell peppers , everything you can imagine.
And always with a side of rice or pasta" Despite his many flaws, Hitler was a vegetarian , according to Woelk. Documenting Hitler's crimes and eccentricities would take longer than it would take monkeys to write Hamlet , but among the quasi-infinite list, there's one that stands out as perfect representation of both. It starts with Hitler's fascination with Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , which itself drew inspiration from a German fairy tale.
George Washington University's History News Network says he purchased a copy for his private movie theater, considering it one of the greatest films ever made. He was also embarrassed Nazi Germany couldn't replicate the level of technical prowess the movie represented. According to Reuters , he may have even tried his hand at a few Seven Dwarf watercolors, which a Norwegian museum director found hidden on the back of a painting signed "A.
Hitler" that was bought at a German auction. Here's where things get downright creepy.
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To be fair to Hitler, he probably never knew this family existed, but the dwarfs were kept as pets by Mengele, who subjected them to daily torture at Auschwitz, equally invasive and excruciating. The family ended up surviving thanks to their unique status. Had they not been seven in number, they'd likely have been boiled alive or dissolved in acid, which Mengele did to other dwarfs. Having fought in World War I, Hitler was keenly aware his Nazi grunts might need an outlet to do some of their own grunting. Time cites author Graeme Donald, who reportedly uncovered information Hitler ordered the production of blow up dolls for Nazi soldiers while researching his book Mussolini's Barber , which compiled wacky military stories.
The "Borgchild Project," as it was allegedly known, began in , when Heinrich Himmler wrote to Hitler about health risks German soldiers were subject to from sexual liaisons. STD's especially were of concern, so Hitler OK'd the plan and work began on a small sex doll known as a "gynoid. Wisely, she refused, so they left the doll's face blank, aside from the Nazi-standard blue eyes and blond hair. After extensive "testing," they ordered 50 dolls for troops, most of which saw minimal action, since they were so weird. By the enthusiasm for the project had all but deflated , and they canned it.
Whether Nazi sex-dolls were real has been disputed, with many claiming it to be a hoax , but as is the case with Hitler, we'll never be sure just how much the truth has been inflated. There's no evidence Hitler hated mustard , but he undoubtedly was not a fan of mustard gas, which he became intimately acquainted with in the First World War's trenches. Wired cites the biography of a writer who fought alongside Hitler in World War I, Alexander Moritz Frey, who claims Hitler was ordered to trim his mustache into its iconic shape to fit newly issued gas masks. When Frey first glimpsed Hitler, he saw a "pale, tall man [who] tumbled down into the cellar after the first shells of the daily evening attacks had begun to fall, fear and rage glowing in his eyes A full mustache , which had to be trimmed later because of the new gas masks, covered the ugly slit of his mouth.
This report implies he was rocking a Kaiser mustache, the big caterpillar type curled at the edges, which was popular with the German elite at the time. However, Vanity Fair points out the so-called "Hitler" 'stache was popular well before Hitler rocked it, thanks to Americans, who wore it as "the anti-Kaiser" mustache look. First known as the "Toothbrush," it was en vogue by the turn of the 20th century, and became a fashionable look for men in both Europe and North America before and during World War I.
More likely, Hitler just wanted to look cool. The makings of the Fuhrer began with his father's furor, resulting in a dysfunctional childhood. Hitler's father Alois was not a gentle man, who often took his frustration out on his family in the form of physical violence.
According to History Place , the senior Hitler spent his life as a civil servant, and was used to giving orders and having them followed. If his children disobeyed, punishments could be fierce. After Alois' eldest son, Alois Jr. The Guardian cites excerpts from the journal of Hitler's younger sister Paula, painting a clear picture of the family's troubles: "Fearing that the father could no longer control himself in his unbridled rage, she [Adolf's mother] decides to put an end to the beating. She goes up to the attic, covers Adolf who is lying on the floor, but cannot deflect the father's final blow.
Without a sound she absorbs it.
The author's thoroughness is exemplary; we find Hitler's electrocardiograms, his laboratory and eye examinations, his medications, and his autopsy report. In the chapter "Medical Review," Redlich evaluates the extant information, and in the end, he signs on to a few diagnoses, most notably Parkinson disease, temporal arthritis, amphetamine abuse though not addiction , syphillophobia, and a likely congenital hypospadias.
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Just as importantly, however, Redlich cuts through the jungle of prior medical claims about Hitler. In fact, his book is most valuable for what it says Hitler did not have. For Redlich concludes this medical review by decisively stating on page that, "Hitler's crimes and errors were not caused by [medical] illness. Hitler: Diagnosis of a Destructive Prophet.
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