More than 80 years ago, Jewish engineer JOSEF GANZ amazed the people of Frankfurt by racing his revolutionary MAY BUG prototype over the city streets and sidewalks. This lightweight, rear-engined car was part of his dream for the German people: a Volkswagen that anyone could afford. Two years later, Ganz presented the first ‘German Volkswagen’ before Chancellor Adolf Hitler at the Berlin motor show – but as a Jew, he was quickly arrested by the Gestapo and any connection between him and what soon became “Hitler’s Volkswagen project” was erased from the pages of history…

…until today. After more than 5 years of research, Dutch journalist Paul Schilperoord with support from Lorenz Schmid, a Swiss-born relative of Josef Ganz, recreated this fascinating history. This resulted in various books in English, German, Dutch and Portuguese language, a feature documentary currently being produced – and the exciting room installation “Nudnik. Forgetting Josef Ganz” by artist Rémy Markowitsch as part of the exhibition “Wolfsburg Unlimited – Eine Stadt als Weltlabor” at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg from 24 April to 11 September 2016.

Room installation 'Nudnik. Forgetting Josef Ganz' by artist Rémy Markowitsch (© Courtesy Galerie Eigen+Art Foto: Marek Kruszewski)

Room installation ‘Nudnik. Forgetting Josef Ganz’ by artist Rémy Markowitsch (© Courtesy Galerie Eigen+Art
Foto: Marek Kruszewski)