12 September 2020
Swiss Movie Premiere “Ganz: How I lost my Beetle” in Swiss Museum of Transport
Embedded in the Concours d‘Excellence International event, which takes place at 12 September 2020 in Lucerne, the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne is taking up a very special topic this year: on the evening of 12 September, it will be showing the film “Ganz: How I lost my Beetle” in the their newly renovated Film Theater with the presence of author Paul Schilperoord and director Suzanne Raes. The 85-minute documentary film about the life of the Jewish engineer and journalist Josef Ganz will celebrate its Swiss premiere on this day in the presence of numerous invited guests from all over the world. The Museum of Transport Switzerland in Lucerne is also showing two vehicles by Josef Ganz, the 1933 Standard Superior Type 2 and the 1947 Rapid, also known as the “Swiss Volkswagen”. Afterwards you can ask the relatives, the director and the author your questions directly.
28 April 2019
International Movie Premiere of the documentary “Ganz: How I lost my Beetle”
On April 28 the movie premiere of the documentary “Ganz: How I lost my Beetle” By Suzanne Raes took place at the Louwman museum in Holland. Around 200 invited guests enjoyed the movie for the very first time in a great atmosphere, honoring Josef Ganz’s achievements in automobile industry. After the movie premiere the restored Standard Superior Type 1 from the crowdfunding project was presented to the public. Dutch TV interviewed author Paul Schilperoord and Ganz relative Lorenz Schmid. Find more information by clicking here.
23 September 2017
Unveiling of a heritage plaque at Edgewater Towers
Unveiling of a heritage plaque at Edgewater Towers, the St Kilda apartment block where automotive engineer Josef Ganz lived for a number of years up until his death. Port Phillip council’s heritage plaque reads that notable residents of Edgewater Towers, Melbourne’s first privately developed high rise apartment block, include “Joseph Ganz, the Jewish automotive engineer who was the originator of the Volkswagen” and “Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman, renowned cyclist and politician”.
26 – 27 May 2016
Symposium “Auf dem Weg zum Volkswagen. Konstrukteure, Modelle und die Macht der NS-Diktatur”
Two-day symposium, organized by Volkswagen and the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, including a presentation by author Paul Schilperoord entitled ‘Josef Ganz as a Driving Force for Innovation’.
8 – 11 January 2015
London Classic Car Show – James May’s 13 Cars That Changed The World
As part of the London Classic Car Show, former Top Gear-presenter James May opened his temporary exhibition James May’s 13 Cars That Changed The World, which included the chassis of a 1933 Standard Superior, according to James May: “Quite possibly the bare bones of the best-selling car ever”.
1 June 2014
Pre ’67 Volkswagen Vintage Show Louwman Museum
During this event at the Louwman Museum in The Hague, The Netherlands, author Paul Schilperoord presented a new edition of his Dutch book Het Geheim van Hitlers Volkswagen and together with the museum’s director Ronald Kooijman presented an unrestored 1946 Rapid “Swiss Volkswagen” for the permanent collection.
3 October 2012
Live from the NYPL: Paul Schilperoord on Josef Ganz
Author Paul Schilperoord gave a lecture about the English edition of his book, entitled The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz, at the New York Public Library in New York, USA.
24 – 25 March 2012
Author Paul Schilperoord gave a presentation about the English edition of his book, entitled The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz, at the Volksworld Show at Sandown Park, Esher, UK.
25 June 2011
9. Internationales Bad Camberger VW-Veteranen-Treffen
Author Paul Schilperoord gave a presentation about the German edition of his book, entitled Die wahre Geschichte des VW Käfers, during the 9. Internationales Bad Camberger VW-Veteranen-Treffen in Bad Camberg, Germany.
14 May 2011
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz – Book presentation
The German edition Die wahre Geschichte des VW Käfers by Paul Schilperoord was officially introduced at the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz in Luzern, Switzerland.
27 September 2009
Nationaal Oldtimer Festival – Book presentation
The first edition of the Dutch book Het Ware Verhaal van de Kever by Paul Schilperoord was officially introduced during the Nationaal Oldtimer Festival at the Zandvoort race track in the Netherlands. During this event, Paul Schilperoord and Lorenz Schmid drove a lap around the track in Josef Ganz’s 1931 May Bug prototype.