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 his ‘German Volkswagen’ before Chancellor Adolf Hitler at the 1933 Berlin motor show – but as a Jew, he was soon 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.


Watch the trailer of the brand new 2019 documentary “GANZ: How I Lost My Beetle” from Suzanne Raes:


Test-driving restored 1933 Standard Superior by Josef Ganz


FROM THE PHOTO ARCHIVE OF JOSEF GANZ (“Focusing the Silverfish”) by Rémy Markowitsch