Residents of the Czech town where Ferdinand Porsche was born have started a campaign to close an exhibition dedicated to the engineer, calling its presence “scandalous” owing to his Nazi links.
The creator of the Porsche sports car and the Volkswagen Beetle was born in Vratislavice in 1875 when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
How to handle the memory of the town’s most famous son has become a source of contention.
Porsche was a member of the Nazi party and enjoyed a good relationship with Adolf Hitler, designing tanks and vehicles for the war machine. During the Second World War his factories also used forced labour from concentration camps.
“The presence [of the exhibition] in Vratislavice is scandalous,” said Petr Jirasko, an opponent of the display. “In Germany, the name Porsche is associated with cars. Shall we be the same in Vratislavice, and ignore his Nazi past?”
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