Hitler and 'his Volkswagen': Tracing the 80-year history of the Beetle

2018/6/2 1:37:07

Wolfram Pyta, a history professor at the University of Stuttgart along with historians Nils Havemann and Jutta Braun, have written Porsche: From design office to global brand. The book traces the company from its founding in Stuttgart on April 25, 1931.

 

Photo: Adolf Hitler inspecting the very first VW Beetle in Stuttgart, 1936

 


From Deutsche Welle, May 26, 2018

 

The VW Beetle has the Nazis to thank for its existence. Adolf Hitler laid the cornerstone of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg 80 years ago. Here, a critical retrospective of a German success story.

 

Two men, one huge project: Adolf Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche are the people behind the Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche was the genius engineer, Hitler the sly politician.

 

"These two were made for each other," said Wolfram Pyta, a history professor at the University of Stuttgart.

 

He, along with historians Nils Havemann and Jutta Braun, have written Porsche: From design office to global brand. The book traces the company from its founding in Stuttgart on April 25, 1931.

 

Porsche's Volkswagen project could never have been realized without Hitler's support. "Hitler needed a creative mind to produce his compact car suitable for mass production," Pyta said. "And Porsche needed political backing to enable him to build it without financial pressure."

 

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Editor’s Note: Information on acquisition of the book may be found at the link below:
http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/hing/neuerscheinungen/index.html

 

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