A line-up of brand new Volkswagen Beetle cars at the Wolfsburg factory in 1956. (Getty Images)
A line-up of brand new Volkswagen Beetle cars at the Wolfsburg factory in 1956.
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Adolf Hitler, Volkswagen, Fascism, Death and Profits

March 15, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
Forty-one percent earnings increase in 2012 recalls the rise and rise again of the company that created ‘the people’s car’ for the Furher.
 

In the summer of 1932, as he enjoyed a meal at a Munich-area eatery, Adolf Hitler drew a rough design of a vehicle he foresaw as the ride of the future. He gave his vehicle vision to Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin to position it for technical production. The design moved into manufacturing by automaker Volkswagen, German for “car of the people.” By 1938 Hitler’s idea had become reality and was dubbed Kraft durch Freude, “strength through joy.”

After the Nazi defeat, the company was formed into a trust and managed by West German officials. The New York Times wrote an article titled, “Volkswagen: The Darker Side Is Revisited,” which recalled “its founding as an economically dubious pet project of Hitler, its munitions production during World War ii and its wartime use of slave labor, including Hungarian Jews from Auschwitz, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen.” It concluded the report by referring to the company’s hiring of German historian Hans Mommsen for $2 million to write a book on it, placing “the Beetle firmly in the self-scrutinizing historical annals of a nation that, no matter how much it would prefer to look to the future, can never wish away its past.”

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