The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen


The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's VolkswagenThe Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen

By Paul Schilperoord

The astonishing biography of Josef Ganz, a Jewish designer from Frankfurt, who in May 1931 created a revolutionary small car: the Maik fer (German for “May bug”). Seven years later, Hitler introduced the Volkswagen. The Nazis not only “took” the concept of Ganz’s family car-their production model even ended up bearing the same nickname. The Beetle incorporated many of the features of Ganz’s original Maik fer, yet until recently Ganz received no recognition for his pioneering work. The Nazis did all they could to keep the Jewish godfather of the German compact car out of the history books.

Now Paul Schilperoord sets the record straight.
Josef Ganz was hunted by the Nazis, even beyond Germany’s borders, and narrowly escaped assassination. He was imprisoned by the Gestapo until an influential friend with connections to G ring helped secure his release. Soon afterward, he was forced to flee Germany, while Porsche, using many of his groundbreaking ideas, created the Volkswagen for Hitler. After the war, Ganz moved to Australia, where he died in 1967.

 

  • Publisher: Rvp Publishers
  • Published: 28 February 2012
  • Format: Paperback 408 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781614122036
  • ISBN 10: 1614122032

Priced at 10th April 2012

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The true story of the VW Beetle – How the Nazis stole Josef Ganz Volkswagen patents.

Also available in hardback edition:

  • Publisher: RVP Publishers Inc.
  • Published: 15 December 2011
  • Format: Hardback 406 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781614122012
  • ISBN 10: 1614122016

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