II. The World War caused great losses for every country and the whole world. However, the Nazis, one of the parties to the war, made many inventions that continue to be used even in the 21st century. Here are 8 discoveries that we still use, discovered by the Nazis under Adolf Hitler.
Today, almost all scientific research and experiments are carried out by considering all moral rules, human rights and ethical frameworks. However, in the 20th century, things were not like that, especially in II. During World War II. Although the Nazis gathered the hatred of the world for their actions, we use many technological and chemical substances we use today.
Considering how horrible conditions (Holocaust) these discoveries were discovered under Adolf Hitler’s Germany and what we would not have had without the Nazis, your perspective towards these products may change. It’s up to you to think about that part, and our part is to bring you 8 discoveries discovered by the Nazis that are still in our lives.
Discoveries made by the Nazis:
Pervitin Amphetamine Pill
The term “customization”
The story of Fanta, which we know as ‘Yellow Coke’, is somewhat interesting. With the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, II. The USA, which officially participated in World War II and turned the Nazis as an enemy, was also supplying Coca Cola to the whole world. The US stopped supplying Coca Cola to Nazi Germany on the grounds that they were at war.
However, Max Keith, Coca Cola’s representative in Germany, wanted to continue doing business. Together with their chemists, they created a drink that tastes very similar to ginger beer with leftovers from the food industry. They named this refreshing drink, alcohol-free and soft drink, and succeeded in overthrowing Coca-Cola’s throne in Europe with Fanta. After Nazi Germany collapsed, Keith sold Fanta’s rights to Coca Cola.
Although Generation Z is not familiar with this tool, the ancients know it: the cassette technology that ravaged the late 80s, the entire 90s and the 2000s was also discovered by the Nazis. A German scientist named Fritz Pfleumer discovered a way to cover paper with metal strips in 1928, and in 1935 the first magnetic tape recorder was invented. This material both increased the sound recording quality and lengthened the recording time.
II. During World War II, when the Allied Powers intercepted radio signals in Europe, they noticed that different people in different locations were reading the same messages at the same time, and they were very confused. Thanks to this turmoil, the Nazis were able to communicate secretly. When the Nazis collapsed, technology was brought to the United States and made available to civilian use some 20 years later.
Jagermeister’s recipe has not changed since 1934, and an interesting aspect of this brand is that this drink was made specifically for a Nazi general. One of the founding brothers of the brand, Curt Mast, developed this mixture in 1934 specifically for the Nazi general named Hermann Goring and named it Jagermeister, the ‘Master Hunter’.
A gasless army is like a phone without a battery. Aware of this, the Nazis, who had to meet the gasoline needs of their large number of tank units, cars and planes, started using the first mobile gas tank under the name of “Armed Forces Unit Container”. These gas canisters designed by the Germans could store almost 20 liters of gasoline.
Pervitin Amphetamine Pill
While Germany was still known as the Weimar Republic, the country’s pharmaceutical industry was improving and the country was the leading exporter of opium and cocaine worldwide. Affected by the amphetamines used by the USA in the 1936 Olympic Games, Dr. Fritz Hauschild set out to develop his own drug and patented the first German Methyl-Amphetamine: Pervitin.
The drug spread so quickly that it was used in many ways in many products. In 1940, as the Nazis were preparing to invade France over the Ardennes Mountains, doctors ordered soldiers to take 5 tablets of this drug a day. In this way, the soldiers were able to fight for three days and three nights without needing sleep.
To be honest, the Nazis were not the first to find night vision. But it was they who made the night vision portable in a single soldier. This device, codenamed Vampire, brought with it a backpack containing a huge battery, and contained an infrared ray and an infrared lens. This lens could be used in the sight of the weapon, if desired, or as a spectacle.
The term ‘privatization’
Although the term ‘privatization’ is attributed to the economist named Peter Drucker, this term and situation was first used by the Nazis. This term, originally presented by Peter Drucker as “Re-Privatization” in 1969, means the privatization of the expropriated administrations.
When we look at the economy of Nazi Germany, it can be seen that industrialists supported Hitler thanks to the economic policy, thanks to the studies conducted by Maxine Yaple Sweezy. These policies consisted of what Drucker later presented to the public as ‘Reprivatization’.
The Nazis wanted to crush their enemies not only with tanks and weapons, but also economically. For this reason, they started the operation named “Operation Bernhard”. As part of the operation, they printed tons of counterfeit British and American dollars and put them on the market. In this way, they both collapsed people’s trust in the government and their economies.
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