As a vegetarian teetotaler, Hitler boasted of being untainted by corrupt influences, particularly drugs he deemed a Jewish evil. Unbeknownst to him, his personal physician injected him with crystal meth each morning for increased alertness and vigor.
The Nazis detested drugs, as they believed they impaired the senses. However, Pervitin stood as an exception—a drug capable of enhancing a soldier’s acute reflexes and alertness.
On patrol during World War Two, Finnish soldier Aimo Koivunen was given a bottle of amphetamine tablets to energize his platoon. When escaping a Russian assault, he fell behind and frantically ingested around 30 pills at once. The ensuing experience was utterly unforgettable.
To communicate discreetly, marginalized and outcast communities often develop covert or “counter” languages to survive. So, how does this fascinating process of creating secret languages come to be? Let’s explore.
In the 1950s, gay men in Britain used a secret language called Polari to communicate with each other and avoid the harsh gaze of the law. Polari was almost lost due to changing cultural elements, yet it has recently gained popularity and is being used more frequently to keep it alive.