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The Volkswagen Beetle Car and the Jew

Updated on February 10, 2012
1933 design
1933 design
1934 design
1934 design

It started with Adolph Hitler, who sketched out a small car in 1934. It bears a great resemblance to today's (well, pre-2000)Volkswagen Beetle. Hitler called it the "people's car". Simple and cheap to build was his thought. Hitler then gave the sketch to Mr. Porsche. Porsche showed little interest in producing a cheap, basic car and had little experience with rear engine and fully independent suspensions.

What Porsche did not know was that the sketch Hitler had given him was not his creation. He had seen a similar car, one of a kind, named the May Bug. It was the creation of a Jewish engineer, Josef Ganz, who had created it in his garage. The May Bug had a straight steel tube chassis, independent suspension and swing axles that ensure road grip and an air-cooled engine, revolutionary for the early 1930's. Once Ganz created it he took it on the road through Switzerland, Austria and Germany and by all accounts everyone loved the car. One test driver was Porsche who congratulated Ganz on such an innovative car. Porsche was so impressed, he drew up his own designs also and met with Ganz in 1931. By 1932-3, Ganz was already being discredited by the rising Nazi Party that wrote that Ganz was a lying Jew Engineer about his claims he designed the May Bug. Mind you, only one existed and Ganz had it. In 1933, Ganz built what can be called the "beetle", he called it the "Standard Superior", which resembles the VW bug after WW2 in many ways. Only 1000 were made. The Nazi Party, as time went by, charged Ganz with blackmail of auto companies, all to discredit him as the Bug designer because he was Jewish. Because of the political climate of anti-Jew in Germany by 1934, Ganz thought he should escape to Switzerland and did so escaping the SS and border guards. The Nazi charged him with espionage and sought his arrest. Of course, it was all bogus.

Ganz lived until age 69 in Australia with a girlfriend and was near broke financially. Porsche took Ganz's design and after WW2, it really looked like the car we all recall. By the 1960's, 3000 were being daily.

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