Porsche’s Nazi past clashes with Czech legacy image

Ferdinand Porsche will always remain in the history books, making a huge contribution to the auto industry. Still, his legacy remains clouded by the association to Hitler’s party in connection to his people’s car – the VW Beetle.

Although he was raised in the Czech village of Vratislavice nad Nisou, residents here decided to resist efforts of promoting the engineer’s connection, even trying to stop a new exhibition that is preparing its inauguration.

“It wasn’t really advertised that Porsche was born here,” said Milan Bumba, a resident of Vratislavice, who is among the ones supporting the exhibition. “Decades of Porsche’s engineering career are fascinating, and he’s left a mark on history.”

“I had a problem with using municipal money to promote Porsche without any recognition of his war past,” said Pavel Hrstka, a local activist who filed a complaint against the mayor. “There are far more important things to spend municipal money on than this.”

Porsche’s hometown, where he was born in 1875, is located around 110 kilometers (68 miles) northeast of Prague, was named Maffersdorf when the engineer lived there and was a part of the so-called Sudetenland region, annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938.

Via Bloomberg