The biography about Josef Ganz and the history of the Volkswagen Beetle, written by Paul Schilperoord and based on years of historical research, is available in English, Dutch, German and Portuguese.

Dive into the shocking fate of the Jewish engineer and learn all about his life, new historical facts about the Volkswagen Beetle. In a biography that reads like a spy thriller, Schilperoord tells how Ganz was imprisoned by the Gestapo, until an influential friend with connections to Göring helped secure his release. Soon afterwards he was forced to flee Germany while Porsche created the Volkswagen for Hitler using many of his groundbreaking ideas. Ganz was hunted by the Nazis even beyond Germany’s borders and narrowly escaped assassination. After the war he moved to Australia, where he died in 1967. This biography is a great read for anyone interested in World War II, Jewish history, the evolution of car design or simply the life stories of extraordinary individuals.

This highly readable book convincingly argues Ganz’s influence on the Beetle.

Mick Walsh, editor-in-chief Classic & Sports Car magazine

Click on the book covers below to visit the corresponding book page with a description in the original language.


Buy “The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz:
The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen” on Amazon


Buy “Het geheim van Hitler’s Volkswagen:
het geesteskind van de joodse ontwerper Josef Ganz” on Amazon


Unfortunately the German book is sold out. 


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