Volkswagen & The Nazis

Posted: January 12, 2011 in World War 2
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ARTICLE BY DIANNA BULLOCK PUBLISHED ON A-FE

Years after the Beetle became associated with peace, the world learned the true extent of the company’s Nazi-related history.

In 1937, the Nazi Party, allied with auto engineer & Beetle designer Ferdinand Porsche, formed the state-owned Volkswagen company. A year later, Hitler presided over the tightly controlled, propaganda-heavy groundbreaking ceremony for the new Volkswagen plant before a crowd of 70,000 ‘Heil!’-chanting faithful. Ferdinand Porsche was a willing, ‘morally indifferent’ participant in Hitler’s regime. Volkswagen hired some 20,000 forced laborers, prisoners of war, & concentration camp inmates from Auschwitz, Dachau, & Bergen-Belsen. Kept behind barbed wire in horrible living conditions, they worked for Volkswagen to manufacture grenades, land mines, military vehicles, warplanes, & V-1 flying bombs. They were subjected to malnutrition & savagely beaten for trying to feed themselves from food scraps off the floor. [Read More]

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  1. Jayden Lambert says:

    hello i am 14 years old and i live in perth australia. i have a 4 volkswagen beetle that i treasure i have been driving since i was 7 and in that time i have had about 8 beetles and 10 volkswagens in total.

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