(San Diego Jewish World) Josef Ganz was the main engineer and inspiration for the VW Bug. Why have we not heard of this amazing man? What kept him out of sight? Simply put, it was Hitler, anti-Semitism, and the rewriting of history.
Josef Ganz, a Jew, a successful engineer, writer and editor of a popular car magazine, challenged the power elite of the German automobile industry. Ganz attacked them in many different intellectual ways. The German auto elite built cars that only the rich could buy. The cars they manufactured were so expensive and old fashioned that the average worker could not even think of buying a car. It was economically out of their reach. The engineering and mechanical style was based on a “horse and buggy” model. The auto industry leaders didn’t bring their engineering thinking into the twentieth century. In short, they weren’t interested in serving the people. Let the poor ride the city transit system if they lived in big cities. The motorcycle was viewed as good enough for the economically poorer classes.