Ganz – How I lost my Beetle
Josef Ganz, the eccentric editor-in-chief of the controversial but hugely influential trade journal Motor-Kritik, amazed Germany by appearing in a revolutionary tiny car in 1932. The car, his brainchild, is part of his dream for the German people: a Volkswagen that anyone can afford. In 1933, Josef Ganz shared this dream with the brand-new Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler, and proudly presented him the first basic Beetle-model. After that, it was only a matter of time before the new government, whom Ganz initially supported fervently, would fulfill his dreams. But in Hitlers dream there was no place for him, the Jew. In order to filch Ganz’invention away from its creator, a history of intrigue, espionage and slander campaigns was set in motion.
Ganz is the compelling and never-before-told life story of Jewish engineer Josef Ganz, who invented the Adolf Hitler’s dream: the Volkswagen Beetle, and who ultimately lost everything except his life.
Director: Suzanne Raes
Running Time: 80′ / 55′
Release: End of 2017