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Sunday
Apr272008

Hitler Sketches the "Strength Through Joy" Wagen

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"Strength Through Joy Wagen"
This is supposedly a sketch done by Hitler for the first Volkswagen beetle - the so-called KdF-Wagen or "Strength through joy" wagen . Apparently done (on a napkin?) whilst he was sitting in a restaurant in Munich in 1932. Its said that Hitler gave his design to the head of Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin, and stressed its importance. "Take it with you and speak with people who understand more about it than I do. But don't forget it. I want to hear from you soon, about the technical details". Other reports have him giving the sketch to Dr Porsche. Here's another drawing of The People's Car attributed to Hitler. Notice the surfboard on the roof? He was really a visionary wasn't he? Although most of my Seventies surfer buddies and I drove Kombis.231239-1524274-thumbnail.jpg Porsche went on to produce a few prototypes, amongst them the VW30 - so called I guess because 30 were made and tested on the autobahn. Hitler reportedly went into one of his rages on seeing the car for the first time and said "Dummkopf - you've forgotten the rear window!...go back and do it again!"231239-1524312-thumbnail.jpg
Vas ist das?
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Beetle
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Autobahn
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Ya ya...dat's better
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Blitzkrieg begins

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