During the Nazi era, Adolf Hitler was presented to the German people as a great man of destiny, a man possessed of superhuman vigour and strength who would lead Germany to world domination. The truth was very different. Based on a secret American intelligence dossier and the medical diaries and journals of Dr Theodor Morell, the Führer’s personal physician, this documentary sheds new light on Hitler’s health and extraordinary medicinal regime during World War II.
Dr Morell’s diaries, which have been locked away since 1945, are a unique source of information. They reveal that, far from being a picture of robust health, Hitler was a nervy hypochondriac. In fascinating detail, they chart Hitler’s descent into illness and drug dependency, as he used uppers and downers, quack cures, powerful stimulants and multiple injections for various real or imagined ailments.