Morell joined the Nazi Party when Hitler came to power in 1933. In 1935, Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, was successfully treated by Morell. Hoffmann told Hitler that Morell had saved his life. Hitler met Morell in 1936, and Morell began treating Hitler with various commercial preparations, including a combination of vitamins and hydrolyzed E. coli bacteria called Mutaflor, which successfully treated Hitler’s severe stomach cramps. Through Morell’s prescriptions, a leg rash which Hitler had developed also disappeared Hitler was convinced of Morell’s medical genius and Morell became part of his social inner circle
Hitler had split personality. His doctor’s opinion. Hitler’s half-Jewish personal physician, Dr. Theodor Morell, said that during the last days before the fall of Berlin Hitler feared that he would be drugged and carried away forcibly from the capital. He does not believe that Hitler committed suicide because Hitler was not that type.
Dr. Theodor Morell , who is 59, examined Hitler daily for nine years. Now bedridden and gravely ill himself, Dr. Morell has a dread of all uniforms. He collapsed in a coma at Hitler’s feet in the Chancellery shelter when Hitler yelled at him:
“You think I am crazy. You will try to give me morphine. Get out of here; you are sacked. Get that medical uniform off. Go home and act as if you had never had anything to do with me.” Dr. Morell flew from Berlin on April 22. He denied that Hitler chewed carpets, but said that he flew into rages; particularly as the war went on. Still more terrifying were Hitler’s angry silences. “Hitler would go as white as a sheet and tightly clench his jaws, while his eyes would dilate,” said the doctor. “Everyone in his entourage would get panicky because these fits were always followed by an order to dismiss or to execute somebody.” But Hitler once complained: “My orders are never fulfilled.”
“Nothing can happen to me”
Dr. Morell attended him after the attempt on his life. he found Hitler sitting with singed hair, torn uniform, and blood on his face, banging his knees with both hands. “Just think of it, doctor,” he exclaimed, “nothing can happen to me.” His eardrums were ruptured and gave trouble later. Hitler seemed to have a split personality, one half iron will, determination, forcefulness and cruelty, the other uncertainty, fits of depression, and shyness, particularly with women.
Eva Braun was generally accepted by Hitler’s entourage as his wife. Dr. Morell was convinced that Hitler led a normal married life with here. But Braun kept very much in the background and few people saw her. Hitler warned the Doctor never to discuss his ailments with anyone else. “If you do I will regard it as high treason, which is punishable by death,” Hitler said.
In the last days everyone tried to persuade Hitler to leave Berlin, but he grew more and more excited and stubborn. Dr. Morell reluctantly agreed to suggest to Hitler an injection of glucose in the veins to calm him. This caused Hitler to fly into a rage, suspecting he was to be drugged.
Dr. Morell’s relations with Hitler had become strained after Morell attended the funeral of his brother, who was not a Nazi party member. After that, when he reminded Hitler of a promise to have an X-ray examination, Hitler shouted: “Do you think I am a silly young fool?” Hitler was obsessed with the fear of cancer and had severe digestive troubles, said Morell.
Morell was captured by American forces and interrogated on 18 May 1945. One of his interrogators was reportedly “disgusted” by his obesity and lack of hygiene. Although he was held in an American internment camp on the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp, and questioned because of his proximity to Hitler, Morell was never charged with a crime. Grossly obese and suffering from poor health, he died in a Tegernsee hospital on 26 May 1948, age 61