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The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz

The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's Volkswagen

By Paul Schilperoord

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Format: Paperback, 274 pages, 2nd Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 06 February 2012
The astonishing biography of Josef Ganz, a Jewish designer from Frankfurt, who in May 1931 created a revolutionary small car: the Maikafer (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 Maikafer, 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 Goring 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."


"intriguing" -The New York Times "controversial and enlightening ... [with] the feel of a thriller" -The Wall Street Journal "[the book] has created a stir in the motoring world" -The Times (London) ."..controversial and enlightening...with the feel of a thriller." -- The Wall Street Journal ."..intriguing." -- The New York Times ."..the book has created a stir in the motoring world." -- The Times (London)

EAN: 9781614122036
ISBN: 1614122032
Publisher: Rvp Publishers
Dimensions: 22.94 x 15.32 x 2.46 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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