Sunday 8th April 1900
Born on this day, Adolf Rosenberger, who in 1931 founded the Porsche GmbH together with Ferdinand Porsche and Dr. Anton Piëch. Rosenberger was also instrumental in the creation of the Auto Union concern, being credited with influencing Porsche’s choice of a mid-engined design for the Auto Union racing cars. Despite Rosenberger’s contribution to the development of German automobiles and German auto racing when Hitler came to power in Germany Adolf Rosenberger, a Jew, was arrested for “Rassenschande” (racial crimes), and imprisoned at KZ Schloss Kislau near Karlsruhe. He was released, supposedly due to unconfirmed efforts on his behalf by Dr. Porsche, and emigrated to France.