VW forced labour ID badge by H. Aurich of Dresden
Condition report: (2) Good with signs of patination
VW forced labour ID
The use of forced labour and slavery in Nazi Germany and throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II took place on an unprecedented scale. It was a vital part of the German economic exploitation of conquered territories. This is an ID badge from VW where they produced the 'People's car" - the beetle.
Adolf Hitler’s admiration for technology in general and for automobiles in particular fuelled this effort. Cars were, he said, “mankind's most marvellous means of transport." In 1934, Hitler suggested a basic, fuel-efficient vehicle that could transport two adults and three children and whose engine would be powerful enough to traverse Germany’s new Autobahn. The design for a “People’s Car” was undertaken by the famed engineer Ferdinand Porsche, who based it on a model he pioneered in 1931.