Plot Twist In Beetle Story

A Jewish engineer and journalist, whose designs and published work in the 1930s laid out the basics for the Volkswagen Beetle championed by Hitler, was arrested, chased from Germany and nearly airbrushed out of history.

The story of Josef Ganz is the result of more than five years of research by Paul Schilperoord, a Dutch technology journalist who is studying industrial design in Italy. The trove of documents and photographs he assembled form the basis of The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler's Volkswagen (RVP Publishers, 2011).

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