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    Post Adolf Hitler Stole Idea for Volkswagen Beetle from a Jewish Engineer, Historian Claims

    Adolf Hitler stole the idea for the iconic Volkswagen Beetle from a Jewish engineer and had him written out of history, a historian has sensationally claimed.

    The Nazi leader has always been given credit for sketching out the early concept for the car in a meeting with car designer Ferdinand Porsche in 1935.
    His idea for the Volkswagen - or 'people's car' - is seen by many as one of the only worthwhile achievements of the genocidal dictator.

    But Paul Schilperoord's book, The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz - the Jewish engineer behind Hitler's Volkswagen, may change that forever.
    Hitler stipulated that the vehicle would have four seats, an air-cooled engine and cost no more than 1,000 Reichsmarks - the exact price that Mr Ganz said the car would cost.

    Three years before Hitler described 'his idea' to Mr Porsche in a Berlin hotel, Mr Ganz was driving a car he had designed called the Maikaefer, or May Bug.
    The lightweight, low-riding vehicle looked very like the Beetle that was later developed by Mr Porsche, who is still considered the foremost car designer in German history.
    Jewish inventor Mr Ganz had been exploring the idea for an affordable car since 1928 and made many drawings of a Beetle-like vehicle.

    Hitler saw the May Bug at a car show in 1933 and made sketches.
    Within days of the meeting between Hitler and Mr Porsche in 1935, Mr Ganz's car magazine was shut down and he was in trouble with the Gestapo.
    The journalist and inventor left for Switzerland and died in Australia in 1967.

    He is not mentioned in VW's first corporate history or in the Story of Volkswagen exhibition in Wolfsburg.
    'So many things were the same in Hitler's sketches,' said Mr Schilperoord.

    'Hitler definitely saw his prototype and I'm quite sure he must have read Ganz's magazine.

    'It's quite clear Ganz had a big influence on how the idea was developed by the Nazis.
    'Ferdinand Porsche drove Ganz's prototype in 1931. I found a lot of evidence that all similar rear engines in the 1930s can be traced by to Ganz.
    'Even the price was the same. Porsche said doing this for 1,000 Reichsmarks was not possible but was forced to make it happen by the Nazis.'

    Meanwhile, Porsche's image is at stake, with some critics claiming he was a war criminal.
    But although VW admits to producing military parts and using slave labour, Porsche was never tried for war crimes.

    But VW puts the doubt over the car's origins down to the fact that many people at the time were talking about the concept of a small and low-priced car.
    It claims that through Hitler, Mr Porsche found the funding that Mr Ganz lacked and was able to make something real out of what was a popular idea.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1jSwAASMr

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    Ganz's design was written out of history? That is very convenient. The papers say the nazis were so evil they often erased Jewish acheivements and claimed them as their own. Therefore everything good about Germany probably has a Jewish origin and the bad things come from ethnic Germans. Thank you Daily Mail, I shall send my donation to my local synagogue's Holocaust Awareness Foundation right away.

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    Sounds rather like all the great inventions by black scientists that have somehow been stolen by evil whitey.....

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    Volkswagen where always embarrassed about their Nazi roots even trying to hide their earlier history. Iam sure if the above story where true, Volkswagen themselves would have jumped on the idea of their car being a poor jew car rather than an evil Nazi car, years ago.

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    The story basically reads like this: "Hitler went to car show. stole a Jewish engineers design idea. And then Mr. Ganz was in trouble with the Gestapo."

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    Is there any evidence of this earlier prototype?

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    Wasn't the inspiration Henry Fords 'Model T'?

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    why d o critics say Porsche h e is war criminal. what did he do wrong. is it because he make good auto. even VW say there is doubt abaout origin o f the auto. it is because of Hitler that Mr Porsche did find money. why i s everybody is worry about this?

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    Volkswagen was a secret weapon!

    True or false? :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwlbCLX7aZk


    Without the Third Reich, the History Channel would not know what to broadcast :-)

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    How cool, I want one
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