On 12 September the documentary film about Josef Ganz will be screened at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. The 85-minute movie by director Suzanne Raes, “Ganz: How I lost my Beetle”, is based on the books of Paul Schilperoord. At this event the German version will be presented, with the English version played on headphones for non-german speaking visitors.

Josef Ganz in the Maikäfer, 1931

A special exhibition with the three most important vehicles by Josef Ganz, the Maikäfer, the Standard Superior and the Swiss Volkswagen rounds off the event – a world premiere!


17:30 Arrival at the Museum of Transport foyer
18:00 Welcome at the Filmtheatre of the Swiss Museum of Transport
18:05 Introduction to the topic Volkswagen (by Swiss Car Register)
18:25 Introduction Film Josef Ganz
18:30 Film screening “Ganz: How I lost my Beetle” (German/English)
19:50 Discussion / Questions
20:00 Concluding words


Tickets can be reserved online free of charge. Click here to order your tickets now. Masks are compulsory in the Filmtheater. 

Address (click to open Google Maps)

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern


Director: Suzanne Raes | Star: Joachim Król

Synopsis (by lmdb.com)

Josef Ganz, editor of trade journal Motor-Kritik, amazed Germany by appearing in a revolutionary tiny car in 1932. It was his dream: a people’s car anyone can afford. The idea made its way to new Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler. But in Hitler’s dream there was no place for Jewish inventor Ganz. This is the story of the man whose designs led to the invention of the Volkswagen Beetle, and who ultimately lost everything. In the film, Ganz’s relatives and admirers bring his lost heritage back to life.

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