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.

Maikäfer Filming in Frankfurt

Filming in Frankfurt: Josef Ganz driving his Maikäfer prototype in 1931